LifePath Systems’ mission is to serve individuals and families impacted by behavioral health, intellectual or developmental challenges, resulting in stronger communities.

The agency was created as the Collin County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center in 1986.  The Collin County Commissioners Court established the center in response to recommendations from a blue ribbon task force on residents’ unmet needs for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities care.  The Center’s Board of Trustees adopted the LifePath Systems dba (doing business as) in 1999 to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health care or public assistance.

LifePath’s services and staff have grown dramatically since its beginning. The growth of the surrounding populations have, however, grown even faster. State/federal funding has not increased at a similar rate, leaving challenges for the center and families who have unmet needs. Collin County had a population of approximately 245,000 in 1986. Today the county’s population totals well over one million and has been estimated to hit between 2.4 and 3.5 million by 2050.