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Transparencies April 2022

TRANSPARENCIES

A monthly newsletter from Integral Care

Looking Ahead to Mental Health Month

A Message From Our CEO

May is Mental Health Month, an opportunity to highlight the importance of taking care of our mental health. The past couple of years have continued to be difficult for our community. The need for access to mental health care and support has become more critical than ever. With Mental Health Month just around the corner, we are excited to announce that Integral Care and NAMI Central Texas created another Mental Health Month Toolkit. It’s essential to our health and well-being that everyone has access to the mental health support they need.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at six of the 12 articles to get you thinking about ways to support your mental health next month – and all year long. The final toolkit will also feature articles in Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese. We hope these tools help you build resilience:

01-8-ways
04-therapy-101
02-moodboosting
03-podcasts
05-how-to-start-convo
06-mental-health-resource-guide

May also features some great events where you can learn more about mental health and how it impacts our overall well-being.

  • HEB Free First Sunday at The Bullock (May 1st): Explore the Bullock Museum’s Texas History Galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and learn about taking care of yourself and others during Mental Health Month with hands-on activities with Integral Care. We’ll be making essential oils!
  • Depressed Cake Shop (May 1-14th): Indulge your sweet tooth in honor of Mental Health Month! Bakeries and restaurants across Central Texas will be offering Depressed Cake Shop goodies to inspire the community to talk about mental health.
  • Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week (May 1-7th): Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week is an opportunity to highlight and learn more about the importance of caring for every child’s mental health. This year’s theme is Be A Mental Health Hero: Sharing Our Superpowers.
  • NAMI Central Texas 8-Week Online Peer Class (May 3-June 21st): This free virtual class for adults living with mental health conditions will help participants learn more about their conditions and how to move toward recovery.
  • Speak Up! (May 19th): Produced by NAMI Central Texas and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Speak Up! offers a chance to learn about the history of mental health care in Texas, its evolution over the years, and plans of action that will impact the future of public health, through a moderated conversation with Dr. King Davis.
  • Jordan’s Safe Place (May 28th): Jordan’s Safe Place was founded in March 2021 by a mother looking to find meaning in the loss of her son. This 2nd Annual Mental Health event will include guest speakers from NAMI, Desmond’s Heart, ATX Mental Health Fund, Purses for Peace and Straight out of Sisterhood, as well as food and entertainment, fundraiser raffles, door prizes, and more.

I hope you find these resources and events helpful in supporting your mental health and encourage you to educate yourself and others on the importance of good mental health in the coming month.

Please remember that Integral Care provides immediate emotional support 24/7.
Call us anytime – day or night – at 512-472-HELP (4357). Press option 1, then 1.

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Transparencies Archive

Past Transparencies sorted by year

2022

March 2022: Honoring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

February 2022: Strengthening Our Network of Mental Health Support

January 2022: Looking Ahead in 2022

2021

December 2021: Celebrating Progress & Innovation in 2021

November 2021: Action Steps Toward Preventing and Ending Homelessness

October 2021: Language Access & Racial Equity

September 2021: Treatment & Addiction Psychiatry at Integral Care

August 2021: Returning to School plus the Legislative Wrap-up

July 2021: Creating Lasting Change for BIPOC Mental Health

June 2021: Facts & Resources This Pride Month

May 2021: Mental Health Month

April 2021: How do we help Austinites experiencing homelessness?

March 2021: Growth and Positive Change

February 2021: How Do We Create a Better Future?

January 2021: Looking Ahead to the Legislative Session

2020

December 2020: Supporting Your Mental Health This Winter

November 2020: How do we rebuild health and well-being during a pandemic?

October 2020: With Collaboration Comes Innovation

September 2020: Success Stories of Recovery and Suicide Prevention

August 2020: A Back to School Season Like Never Before

July 2020: Minority Health Disparities & COVID-19

June 2020: Stronger Together

May 2020: Surviving and Thriving During Uncertain Times

April 2020: Persevering During COVID-19

March 2020: Collaborations and Initiatives to Improve Health for the IDD Population

February 2020:Solutions to Health and Health Care Disparities

January 2020: Sucicide Prevention a Local Effort

2019

December 2019: A Year of Thriving Care & Collaboration

November 2019: Teamwork and Collaboration Impact Homelessness in Travis County

October 2019:Making Strides for World Mental Health

September 2019: Taking Steps to Recovery Support

August 2019: Working Together for Child & Youth Mental Health

July 2019: Legislative Wrap-Up – Some Bipartisan Wins for Healthcare

June 2019: Strengthening Access for Veterans and the Entire Military Family

May 2019: Women and Mental Health

April 2019: Legislative Session Status Report

March 2019: Making Opportunities for Recovery More Accessible

February 2019: Recovery is Possible

January 2019: Stronger Outcomes Through Collaboration

December 2018: Looking ahead to the 86th Texas Legislature

November 2018: How Tech is Changing the Face of Mental Health

October 2018: A Few Questions Could Help Save a Life

September 2018: Anyone Can Save a Life

August 2018: A Milestone Moment

July 2018: Equity in Mental Health Care for All

June 2018: Expanding Services for Veterans

2018

May 2018: Your Mental Health Toolkit

April 2018: Time of Terror Calls for Increased Emotional Support

March 2018: Stopping the cycle of incarceration for individuals with mental illness

February 2018: Equity in mental healthcare for everyone

January 2018 : Improving Mental Health Through Partnership & Collaboration

2017

December 2017: Strength Through Community

November 2017 : Healthy Lifestyles Improve Well-Being

October 2017 : National Child Health Day

September 2017 : Strengthening Families and Communities

Highlight: Integral Care Welcomes New Chief Equity Officer

Integral Care is pleased to welcome George Muldrow, our new Chief Equity Officer. George is a seasoned Diversity Practitioner with over 30 years of experience in Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources. He has been a consultant for J Consulting Services as a Chief Officer of Diversity & Inclusion. In all his roles, George has provided strategic direction, thought leadership and championed development on a global scale. He has fought for equality, equity and Affirmative Action for companies like Roche Diagnostics USA and organizations like the New York State Public Defenders Office.

 

“Diversity, equity and inclusion make stronger, more innovative workplaces. I am looking forward to collaborating across the organization. Together, we will build upon Integral Care’s current efforts to make Integral Care an example of what it means to achieve true equity in the workplace.”

 

George has been a community advocate and coordinator of multiple outreach programs that provide support to minority groups that suffer from underrepresentation on housing placement, job training and equal rights. He is the consulting senior member for the Women of Finance & Global Business and Organizational Development groups as well as the National Council on Research for Women of Color-owned businesses. George has been a speaker for the Hispanic Business/Women of Color Association and received Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Champion Award for his support and advocacy of workplace equality for the LGBTQ+ Community and Native American Groups.

Highlight: Spanish Community Forum

Spanish Community Forum: Supporting Family Members of People Living with Mental Health Issues

On Thursday, May 12th at 12pm, join Integral Care and NAMI Central Texas for a virtual Spanish community forum where we’ll discuss supporting family members of those living with mental health issues within the Latinx community. Our panel of experts will talk about identifying signs and symptoms of mental health issues in loved ones and how to seek help. Other topics include the importance of taking care of yourself, how to take care of your family, how to find a counselor that speaks your language and shares your culture, and what mental health services can look like. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions at the forum and submit them in advance.

Foro Para la Comunidad Mes de Mayo

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 como ofrecer apoyo a miembros familiares de personas que viven con trastornos mentales en la comunidad Latina. Nuestro panel de expertos elaborara acerca de cómo identificar las señales y síntomas de los trastornos mentales cuando se manifiestan en los seres queridos, y explicaran cómo obtener ayuda. También estaremos abordando otros temas importantes que incluyen el cuidado propio, el cuidado a la familia, como encontrar un consejero que hable su idioma y comparta su cultura, y lo que puede esperar de los servicios que se ofrecen para mejorar la salud mental. Usted tendrá la oportunidad de hacer preguntas durante la sesión y de introducir preguntas con anticipación.

Highlight: Announcing Bridging the Gap in the Spring!

Integral Care will host its first spring Bridging the Gap (BTG) campaign throughout the month of May. Through this campaign we are working together to ensure all people are connected to the care they need to live a healthy life. While federal, state and local grants and contracts fund the majority of Integral Care’s services, our donors help us raise funds to address system gaps and provide additional support to build our clients’ whole health. Funds raised during the 2022 Spring BTG campaign will help us cover crucial programs including:

  • Summer Camps for children
  • Safe Haven improvements for veterans experiencing homelessness
  • Health and wellness for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

With the generosity of our donors, we can transform peoples’ lives and enrich the overall wellbeing of our communities. Please consider helping us to bridge the gaps this spring by donating.

What's New:

IDD Receives NCQA Accreditation

We are proud to announce that our IDD Service Coordination program passed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) survey and achieved its highest accreditation status: Case Management Accreditation – 3 years. The NCQA seal symbolizes that an organization has met the rigorous compliance standards and reviews NCQA requires.

Integral Care Staff Present at NatCon

Last week, Integral Care staff presented at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s annual conference NatCon in Washington, D.C. Presentation topics included Advancing Integrated Models through Payer/Provider Partnership and Integration of Trauma-Informed Care and Zero Suicide at Integral Care. It is an honor to be accepted to this conference.

RECORDING OF COMMUNITY FORUM: THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS IN TEXAS

Last month, Integral Care and Disability Rights Texas talked about the history and rights of people who live with behavioral health needs in Texas. Discussion included the protection of client information, how the law has changed over time, what the current law is and how this can impact service delivery and access to care. If you missed it, check it out here.

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