School Mental Health Centers (SMHC) are where students and families can receive mental health services provided by a full-time licensed therapist—a clinical social worker, professional counselor or psychologist—conveniently located at school.  SMHCs are overseen by the AISD Department of Comprehensive Health; operating in collaboration with Seton Healthcare, Integral Care and Vida Clinic.  

SMHC Therapists use evidence-based practices to help students and families identify and treat behavioral issues and mental health concerns. Working with the family, therapists complete a thorough clinical assessment, create therapeutic goals with the student, and provide on-going therapy throughout the year.  The treatment approach is strengths-based, rooted in therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing. All services are confidential and student health information is protected under the law. SMHC Therapists work collaboratively with other school based programs, such as Communities in Schools, Council on At-Risk Youth, Safe Place, etc to create a wraparound model for the whole child.

Students can be referred for SMHC services through the campus Child Study Team, parent/guardian, or community referrals.  Parent/ Guardian consent is required in order for a student to receive services.  SMHCs offer a variety of payment options for both insured and uninsured, which help meet the range of needs of AISD families. To inquire about services at a particular campus, contact an administrator, counselor, school nurse, or the SMHC Therapist on that campus. 

For more information, please contact:
Secondary Behavioral Health Specialist, Starla Simmons, LMSW at 512-841-9413 or starla.simmons@austinisd.org 
Elementary Behavioral Health Specialist, Kim Eerkes, LMSW at 512-666-1921 or kimberly.eerkes@austinisd.org.

 

Secondary SMHC Brochure/Tri-fold (English)   Secondary SMHC Brochure/Tri-fold (Spanish)

Elementary SMHC Brochure/Tri-fold (English)   Elementary SMHC Brochure/Tri-fold (Spanish)  

 

2017-2018 School Mental Health Centers (SMHCs)

 
 Akins Cook KocurekPadron
 Anderson HS Crockett HS LangfordPalm
 Andrews Dobie MS Lanier HSPecan Springs
 Austin HS Eastside Memorial HS LBJ/LASA HS    Perez
 Bedicheck MS    Fulmore MS Martin MSReagan HS
 Blanton Garcia YMLA McBeeSadler Means YWLA
 Blazier Guerrero-Thompson McCallum HSSims
 Bowie HS Harris MenchacaTravis HS
 Burnet MS International HS NormanWooldridge
 Casey Jordan OvertonWooten