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, the school nurse, or the SMHC Therapist on that campus. For more information, please contact Behavioral Health Specialist, Starla Simmons, LMSW at 512-841-9477 or starla.simmons@austinisd.org

SMHC Brochure/Tri-Fold (English)   SMHC Brochure/Tri-Fold (Spanish)

 

 

2017-2018 School Mental Health Centers (SMHCs)

 

 Anderson HS | Laura Rifkin, LCSW | 512-414-7918

 Austin HS | Susan Thomas, LPC, LMFT | 512-841-1960

 Bedicheck MS | Sharasa Matthews, LPC | 512-414-3809

 Bowie HS | Gloria Mann, LPC/Alma Mena, LCSW*/Cris Gonzalez, LCSW* | 512-841-4185/512-414-2206

 Burnet MS | Stacey Metoyer, LPC | 512-414-2194

 Crockett HS  | Elizabeth Minne, PhD*| 512-414-7820

 Dobie MS | Donna Trahan, LCSW | 512-841-4394

 Eastside Memorial HS & International HS | Israel Espinoza, LPC* | 512-841-5626

 Garcia YMLA | Susan Wondra, LPC | 512-841-9464

 Fulmore MS | Cheryln Walker, LPC | 512 -841-4908

 Lanier HS | Nic Dahlberg, LPC | 512-941-2074

 LBJ/LASA HS | Cheryln Walker, LPC/Stacey Metoyer, LPC | 512-414-7020

 Martin MS | Kathryn Austin, LPC* | 512-841-2821

 McCallum HS | Susan Thomas, LPC, LMFT | 512-414-8058

 Reagan HS | Cynthia Corral, LCSW* | 512-414-7664

 Sadler Means YWLA| Susan Wondra, LPC | 512-414-6020

 Travis HS | Erika Hester, LPC | 512-414-3973 

 *Bilingual Therapist