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Funding from Humana will enable Integral Care to expand its existing food pantry at Terrace at Oak Springs (TAOS), a permanent supportive housing community that provides a home and wraparound services to 50 individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and live with mental illness, substance use disorder, and other chronic health conditions.

Currently, the food pantry is open for residents once per month. Additional funding from Humana will enable Integral Care to purchase and stock sufficient food, hygiene items, and other supplies to open the food pantry once per week. This change in the pantry schedule will help ensure that TAOS residents have more frequent access to basic needs assistance, thereby reducing food insecurity, building health and well-being, and enhancing the stabilizing effects of housing.

Additionally, Integral Care plans to pilot a food delivery service for other clients receiving supportive housing services who do not have access to an on-site food pantry. This service will help to ensure that all residents of Integral Care apartment communities — including individuals with transportation barriers and low or no income — have their basic needs met with regular, dependable deliveries directly to their homes.

SAMSHA awards $625,000 ($125,000 per year for 5 years) to Integral Care to provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, as well as Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), and Safety Planning Intervention (SPI), to families, caregivers, and service providers in contact with armed service personnel, veterans and their families who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and potentially impairing their functioning in daily life activities.
 
Individuals targeted for Mental Health Awareness Training may work with veterans and armed-service members in a community-based counseling center, or healthcare facility, and/or may be Certified Veteran Peers, and/or may be a veteran’s family member or caregiver. These individuals interact on a daily basis with armed service personnel and veterans who are in need of multiple community-based services due to their complex and chronic trauma.

Integral Care has been awarded $5 million ($2.5 million per year for a two-year period) to address the needs of individuals with SED, SMI, and SUD or COD and improve access to behavioral health services, Integral Care will: (1) implement a new, fully integrated telehealth solution to offer HIPAA-compliant virtual care; (2) increase intake capacity by hiring additional helpline customer care staff, as well as clinic and community-based intake staff; (3) expand outpatient and community-based service with additional clinical staff to increase level-of-care services, additional housing stability specialists to help clients secure and maintain safe, stable housing, and community health workers to focus on whole health and wellness; and (4) offer enhanced recovery support services with additional peer support specialists in our clinics, the community, and across the substance use services continuum.

Integral Care will continue to support the mental health of staff, including new CMHC staff, in active collaboration with the agency’s Human Resources and Learning and Development Teams, which offer staff a variety of health and wellness resources, including the employee assistance program, our Live Well series, and more.

Integral Care received a $10,000 grant from the Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless (RCAH), a coalition of Austin-area faith communities that provides grant funds to social service providers to expand the capacity of local housing and shelter programs. Funding from RCAH will help Integral Care provide wraparound support services for the residents of Terrace at Oak Springs and future residents of Studios at Menchaca, two single-site, permanent supportive housing communities.

All residents have experienced chronic homelessness and live with mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or other chronic health conditions. In permanent supportive housing communities like Terrace at Oak Springs and Studios at Menchaca, offering flexible, voluntary support services can help individuals stay housed, build their self-sufficiency, and contribute to their communities. Onsite wraparound services in the residential portion of the building will include case management, peer specialist support, benefits counseling, education, and job training/supported employment.

Integral Care has been awarded $155,329 for two years from the Health and Human Services Commission to hire a Children’s Mental Health System Navigator to provide linkage, advocacy, case management/system navigation, and referral coordination to children and youth experiencing mental illness, substance use disorders, or IDD who need assistance overcoming barriers to care.
 
This project will support children and youth who interact with different child-serving systems and enhance services for high-risk children and youth by creating and strengthening relationships with community partners.

In March Austin Public Health (APH) awarded Integral Care $333,573 for the Ryan White HIV Services. Integral Care’s Community AIDS Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) Program will provide case management, mental health, and outpatient substance use services at the C.A.R.E. Program office, as well as in clients’ homes, in the community, and via telephone and Microsoft Teams in order to remove barriers for clients who are unable to access services at our office location.

More specifically, mental health services provided will include both individual and group counseling services, as well as psychiatric services for persons living with HIV (PLWH). Integral Care will also provide access to medical transportation assistance for the purpose of accessing primary medical care, services provided at the C.A.R.E. Program, and other supportive services.

Clients will also be able to access case management services via C.A.R.E.’s case management walk-in hours, which are offered multiple times per week. In addition, C.A.R.E. Program case managers will be able to complete SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) applications with members of the target population in order to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

For residential substance use services, we will sub-contract these services to four subgrantees, including: Recovery Unplugged, Carma Health – MD services for Recovery Unplugged, Cross Creek Hospital, and Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.

Integral Care has been awarded a grant for $124,697 from Austin Public Health (APH) to provide community-based services across the continuum of care by hiring two additional Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHPs). The addition of one clinic-based Intake QMHP, and one Community Health Worker QMHP will build Integral Care’s intake and re-engagement capacity. By hiring a clinic-based intake QMHP, Integral Care will build our overall intake capacity.
 
With the addition of an intake QMHP at Integral Care’s newest clinic, Stonegate, we will be able to decrease the workload of the existing staff, in turn reducing burnout, while increasing client satisfaction by decreasing wait times and ensuring that all individuals are seen for their intake appointment. Additionally, Integral Care will also add a Community Health Worker (CHW) QMHP who resides in the community they serve. This CHW will provide culturally appropriate health education and information to promote health equity and reach underserved communities. The CHW will play a strategic role in outreach and engagement, promoting communication and understanding between community members and providers, increasing use of health services in a community, improving adherence to health recommendations, and decreasing use of emergency services. The CHW will help families recognize early signs of mental illness and substance use disorder and encourage community members to get appropriate screenings for behavioral health conditions before they reach a crisis.
 
By providing this service where clients live, Integral Care can more effectively reach individuals in underserved communities, including minority and low-income populations who face numerous barriers to healthcare access, and connect them to appropriate care. These staff will provide trauma-informed screening, assessment, diagnosis, and patient-centered treatment planning and treatment delivery. Additionally, Integral Care will partner with various community agencies to provide ongoing integrated care. Currently, Integral Care has collaborations with CommUnity Care and Lonestar Circle of Care to provide integrated Primary Care within our clinic settings. Through this grant, Integral Care will identify needs through intake and community-based services and leverage existing resources and partnerships to refer individuals to the most appropriate services.

In March of this year Integral Care received a grant award totaling $778,907 for housing stability services from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). With this grant Integral Care will provide support services to approximately 30 individuals receiving Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Vouchers either through the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) or the Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC). These support services will include case management, independent living skills training, housing stability support, access to psychiatric care, and peer support services.
 
More specifically, these funds will expand Integral Care’s Landlord Outreach Team by adding a Landlord Outreach Specialist and Peer Support Specialist. The team works to build new relationships with landlords and maintain relationships with properties willing to house individuals with a history of homelessness and mental health needs.
 
With this funding, Integral Care will add one case management position and a licensed counselor to expand onsite behavioral health services at the Community First Village’s onsite clinic. This will include case management, independent skills training, counseling, and housing stability.
 
One staff member will support individuals experiencing homelessness in accessing services at Sunrise Community Church, a local homeless day resource center. Services will include linking individuals to housing and/or behavioral health teams, completing coordinating assessments, and assisting with other housing navigation tasks.
 
Individuals accessing these services will have a history of chronic homelessness and a disabling condition and will be referred through the Coordinated Entry system. Individuals may currently be housed on a PSH Voucher and in need of high intensity, in-home support to maintain their housing or newly referred to the voucher program and experiencing homelessness.

Check out this feature on Integral Care on the City of Austin’s YouTube channel.

 

Check out this feature on Integral Care on the City of Austin’s YouTube channel.

 

The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School and LBJ School of Public Affairs have released a cost-saving analysis of The Inn, Integral Care’s 16-bed residential treatment program. The study found that The Inn saves taxpayers millions of dollars in public costs while improving outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health Weekly talked to Integral Care about The Inn’s approach.

We are proud to receive national recognition from CrisisNow for our co-location at the 911 Call Center. Our collaboration with first responders streamlines the entire system of crisis care in our community. We have consulted approximately 30 other cities, states, and even a police department in Canada on our model. Our first responder friends, the City of Austin and Travis County are true collaborators helping move this innovation forward.

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As our community grapples with COVID-19 and the impact on patients, healthcare workers and the healthcare system, we are beginning to recognize the toll this situation is taking on mental health. Whether it is an essential worker under pressure to perform on the job while worrying about exposure or someone with a compromised immune system isolated at home, COVID-19 is having short and long-term impact on our mental health. During these anxiety ridden times, it is reassuring to know that we have systems in place to address our community’s mental health needs and unexpected challenges.

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The changes and concerns that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting the mental health and well-being of many in our community — with job losses, school closures, health concerns and separation from our loved ones. KXAN talked to Integral Care about how to support someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
https://www.kxan.com/news/simplehealth/tips-on-identifying-and-responding-to-a-mental-health-crisis-during-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1R9AYe30k_x6zTVQTDj308qjMuFQFT2_xM0S5i4it4wFJYN7zGZcQcBvU

Integral Care marked completion of Terrace at Oak Springs with a Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration. KXAN attended both events to learn more about this new 50-unit Housing First apartment community that supports recovery from homelessness, mental health issues and substance use disorder. Watch it here.

Integral Care talked to KXAN about how our Helpline will soon take calls from regions outside of Travis County via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Check it out.

Dawn Handley, Chief Operations Officer, talked to KXAN about how the City expanded funding to support mental health crisis care in our community. The goal –  get people the help they need faster. This funding will expand telehealth services with APD and add EMCOT clinicians to the 911 call center floor. Learn more.

EMCOT has partnered with APD and EMS to support the health of our community for over 5 years. As part of a new pilot, EMCOT and APD are using telehealth to expand access to mental health crisis care in Travis County. Check out how it works in this Spectrum story.

Texas is expanding access to early psychosis treatment programs, opening 13 new sites across the state with a focus on rural areas. KXAN talked to Integral Care about our RA1SE program and the importance of early intervention. Learn more


Únase a Integral Care Y a NAMI de Central Texas el jueves 12 de mayo en un foro comunitario de formato virtual. Estaremos hablando acerca de cómo ofrecer apoyo a miembros familiares de personas que viven con problemas de salud mental en la comunidad Latina.

January 8, 2021

Yes2BEST Youth Conference

#Y2B is a Mental Health and Wellness Summit for the youth of ages 14-24. This Summit brings together youth (particularly those of color) to discuss mental health and wellness, challenges they may face and provide resources to help them live their best lives. Join us as we develop and learn skills to live Beyond our Emotional Stressors and Trauma.

The 2021 Summit will be virtual and free. It will be hosted on the Whova platform. Register now.

Join us this February, virtually, for the 21st Annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference from February 3-5, 2021, and February 6, 2021, for the Yes2Best Youth Summit.

 

At the annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, we come together to promote our own health and wellness and that of our community. The conference is filled with the most current information on mental health, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities, led by caring health experts and people with their own lived experiences with these conditions. With interactive workshops and inspirational speakers, we share our stories, expand our knowledge, and connect with support and resources to live healthier, more resilient lives.

Strengthening the health of our community and supporting people living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) requires teamwork, innovative practices and collaboration, especially when they intersect with the criminal justice system.

 

Join Integral Care and our criminal justice partners on Wednesday, November 20th for a community forum exploring how community-wide collaboration is improving outcomes for people living with IDD who also intersect with the criminal justice system.

 

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The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference provides opportunities to learn about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders and much more. The mission of the conference is to strengthen family and individual awareness of available behavioral and physical health care services through culturally sensitive education, supports, and partnerships.

Find out more about the conference here.
Join the Facebook group -> CLICK HERE

 

July 30, 2019

NAMI WALKS

NAMI WALKS

Time: 9:00am
Date: September 28, 2019
Location: Long Center

Hub Learning Community 4th Annual Conference

Time: 8:30am – 4:15pm
Date: August 21-22, 2019
Location: Austin Marriott South Hotel

The Hub Learning Community (HLC) is a resource for professionals who support individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Our free two day 4th annual conference focuses on supporting professionals who assist people with IDD in the community. This year’s conference features breakout sessions and amazing keynote speakers including Loretta Claiborne, Jesse Saperstein, Barbara Major and Susan Robinson. Register here.

Join us for an update on Integral Care’s strategic plan and identified priorities. David Weden, Integral Care’s Chief Financial Officer, will provide an outline of our current budget and talk about what it takes to implement our Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Register here.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class that provides people the basic tools to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who is having a heart attack.
This training is open to the community and gives people the tools they need to help friends, family, colleagues, and community members. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify warning signs and risk factors for mental illness; recognize signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorder; and implement the 5-step action plan to help someone showing signs of mental illness or experiencing a crisis.
To sign up for MHFA, please see the event listing on Eventbrite.

Tables and Sponsorships are still on sale.

 

Join us this year as we honor Dr. Clay Johnston and highlight the partnership between Dell Medical School and Integral Care.

 

Funds raised this year will go to provide the latest evidence-based best practices that are the critical tools for building recovery for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

 

New Milestones Foundation raises funds to support Integral Care in meeting the needs of adults, families, and children in our community with mental illness, substance abuse disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We accomplish this by bridging the gaps between what government funds and what enhances Integral Care programs and services and between what we have today in practice and what might be promising practices for the future.

 

Tickets to event

 

July 1, 2020

Transparencies

Transparencies
Integral Care’s monthly newsletter shares pertinent information about the state of mental health care, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community and beyond. It highlights Integral Care programs and collaborations making a difference in Travis County.(View Newsletters)

July 1, 2020

Living Well

Living Well
Integral Care’s quarterly peer-led newsletter features interviews with Integral Care staff, stories of recovery, creative writing, tips for self-care and offers hope for tomorrow. This newsletter is led by an Integral Care Peer Support Specialist. Our peer support specialists have lived experience with mental illness or substance use disorder. (View Newsletters)

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