In today's world, caring for your mental health has become more important than ever. Here at Corazón, we would love to work with you to meet any mental health needs you may have. But, before you tell us about your own story, let us tell you a bit about ourselves.
Corazón Behavioral Health Services was founded in 2002 by Teresa Menchaca and Esma Tejada and has been a part of Pinal County's community since that time. Teresa and Esma were inspired to begin Corazón in memory of a young man who was beloved by both, Ricardo Tejada (or Chapo as he was affectionately known). Chapo was Esma’s son and Teresa’s godson. Chapo passed away in 1995 at the age of 16. After this loss in their own lives, Teresa and Esma recognized that difficult or even traumatic situations in life, when faced with courage, can result in gained spiritual and emotional strength and they were compelled to help others who were struggling with difficult life situations. To do this, they began Corazón with the mission “to provide effective and quality services that will make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of the children, youth and families we serve”.
The word “Corazón” has several meanings that include: “core of the heart”, “spirit” and “courage”. Over the years, our staff has always kept Chapo’s memory and Corazón's original intent in mind as we have worked to serve the community and assist others in improving their lives. For many years, Teresa herself was present, was our CEO and leader who constantly reminded us of what Corazón strived to achieve and the good that this agency could do for others. Teresa passed away in 2014 but her vision lives on at Corazón. We still strive to achieve the goals that Teresa had for this agency and to serve the community as she wanted us to. Both Teresa and “Chapo” continue to be the “Corazón” behind Corazón Behavioral Health Services.