School Mental Health Centers are where students and families can receive mental health services provided by a full-time licensed therapist. SMHCs are overseen by AISD and operate in collaboration with 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 ongoing 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 and Safe Place to create a wraparound model for the whole child.
Students can be referred for SMHC services through the child study team, parent/guardian or by a community referral. 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:
Kim Eerkes, LMSW
Behavioral Health Specialist
512-666-1921 or email@example.com
2017–18 School Mental Health Centers
|High Schools||Middle Schools||Elementary Schools|
|Austin||Bertha Sadler Means||Blanton|
|International HS||Garcia YMLA||Doss|
** School based mental health services provided by Integral Care as needed.