School Mental Health Centers

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 shechem.sauls@austinisd.org or 713-256-3839. 

Elementary SMHC Flyer

Secondary SMHC Flyer

School Mental Health Centers

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools
Anderson Bedichek Andrews
Austin Bertha Sadler Means Blanton
Bowie Burnet Blazier
Crockett Dobie Casey
Eastside Memorial Garcia YMLA Cook
International HS Lively Doss
LBJ Martin Guerrero-Thompson
LASA Murchison Harris
McCallum   Jordan
Navarro   Kocurek
Northeast HS   Langford
Travis   McBee
    Menchaca
    Norman/Sims
    Oak Springs
    Overton
    Padron
    Palm
    Pecan Springs
    Perez
    Pillow
    Wooldridge
    Wooten