School Mental Health Centers are where students and families can receive mental health services provided by a licensed therapist. SMHCs are overseen by AISD and operate in collaboration with 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 campus, please contact the administrator, counselor, school nurse or the SMHC therapist on that campus. For additional information regarding services available for a student whose campus does not have an SMHC, please contact Shechem Sauls, School Mental Health Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-256-3839.
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School Mental Health Centers
|High Schools||Middle Schools||Elementary Schools|
|Austin||Bertha Sadler Means||Blanton|
|Eastside Memorial||Garcia YMLA||Cook|