Special Health Resources for Texas began as AIDS Inc, the community response to the AIDS epidemic late 80s. Initially, AIDS Inc provided social support to HIV positive individuals and their families, but soon, the organization assumed a role leading role in providing medical care, emergency assistance and case management and other supportive services to HIV positive individuals across 23 counties of northeast Texas. The original name was changed to Special Health Resources for Texas, Inc. to reflect its broadened mission and services.
Over the past two decades, SHRT has grown into a comprehensive health care system in East Texas, providing affordable care for the whole family. With clinics in Longview, Tyler, Paris and Texarkana, as well as a mobile unit to serve more rural areas, SHRT now provides health care to families in all 23 East Texas counties. SHRT is now an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Clinic), offering patients a full-range of services, including both adult and pediatric primary care, adult and pediatric dental care, women’s health services, immunizations and vaccinations, HIV/AIDS screening and treatment, mental health care and substance abuse services.