Celebrating the Caregivers: National Counseling Awareness Month

Transparencies April 2023

A Message From Our CEO

April is National Counseling Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the positive impact counseling can have on our mental health and well-being, and fight back against the stigma that still exists around seeking mental health care. It is also a time to recognize and honor the meaningful, and often life-changing, contributions counselors make each day. 

Integral Care has 872 LPHAs, LPCs, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, LPAs, LCDCs and LMFTs across our agency who work with children and adults with mental health, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Whether it is supporting someone in a crisis, in schools, in one of our clinics, or out in the community, our counseling services help ensure our clients get the care they need to thrive.  

“What I like about counseling is that my emotions are with a counselor instead of with everybody else in the world.” – Isabella, School-Based Counseling Client   

 Mental health challenges can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, race or socioeconomic status. In fact, research has shown that 1 in 5 people in the United States experience mental illness in any given year. Across all modalities, counseling has been proven to help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve quality of life, improve interpersonal communication and relationships, reduce substance misuse and improve emotional self-regulation, among other benefits.  

This Counseling Awareness Month, let us work together to break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking the help they need. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please know that help is available. Our Helpline is always available for anyone who needs immediate emotional support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – or if you are worried about someone and need to talk. Call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1. The Helpline can also connect you to Integral Care programs and services. 

Next month, I look forward to celebrating Mental Health Month with a community forum and the launch of our annual Mental Health Toolkit. This year’s forum and toolkit will focus on children’s mental health.  

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Transparencies Archive

Past Transparencies sorted by year


January 2023: Celebrating the 23rd Annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

February 2023: Honoring Black History Month

March 2023: Supporting the Needs of People Living with IDD


December 2022: Looking Ahead to the 88th Legislative Session

November 2022: Supporting Children’s Mental Health

October 2022: Working Toward Racial Equity

September 2022: Coming Together on the Road to Recovery & Suicide Prevention

August 2022: Expanding Access to Critical Mental Health Support

July 2022: Supporting BIPOC Mental Health through Data

June 2022: Celebrating Pride Month

April-May 2022: Looking Ahead to Mental Health Month

March 2022: Honoring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

February 2022: Strengthening Our Network of Mental Health Support

January 2022: Looking Ahead in 2022


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


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


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


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


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: Bridging the Gap 2023

Last month, we came together at our annual Bridging the Gap fundraiser to celebrate the work of our incredible staff, hear their stories and raise funds to support the critical, lifesaving work they do in our community each day.

With the help of our sponsors and donors, we exceeded our fundraising goal, raising $167,888 to better support our staff and clients. These funds help meet client needs that fall outside of our grant funding, and cover bus passes, rental deposits, cell phones, prescription medications, therapy tools and more. 

Special thanks to our staff speakers, whose stories made this night one to remember: Brooke Hammond, Director of Operations, Tony Nunez, M3 QMHP Team Lead, Vaughn Hancock, M3 Program Manager, Dr. Judith Sey, Advanced Practice Nurse, Wade Miller, Oak Springs Treatment Center Program Manager, LaToya Kindred-Ray, Supported Employment Manager, Leah Kelly, Parent Partner, and Brittany Keegan, Community-Based Crisis Coordinator.

Highlight: Save the Date!
May Children’s Mental Health Forum

Fifty percent of mental health issues in youth can be identified by age 14. Encouraging families to talk about mental health can prevent crises and help build overall health and well-being. Next month, Integral Care and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Texas will be co-presenting a virtual community forum on May 24 at noon focused on how we can support the mental health of children and youth. More info to come.

Bridging the Gap Sponsor Highlight

Husch Blackwell

“Husch Blackwell proudly supports Integral Care’s mission and dedication to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families throughout Travis County. Through its comprehensive programs and compassionate care, Integral Care is making a real difference in the lives of those in our community who have mental illness, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We’re honored to stand alongside Integral Care to make our community stronger, healthier, and more resilient.”

STG Design

“STG sees Integral Care as one of a select few organizations that serve the needs of those in our community who require them most and can least afford them. It is a critical and complementary ingredient in the network of organizations focusing on addressing the physical and mental health of our neighbors.”

“Integral Care is an organization helping anyone who needs immediate mental health support. We are proud to be supporting Integral Care.”

What's New

Travis County Commissioners Vote to Move Forward with Mental Health Diversion Center

Last month, Travis County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with recommendations from a forensic mental health project conducted by Dell Medical School Tuesday that includes the creation of a mental health diversion center. Sherry Blyth, Director of Practice Management, attended the press conference.

Brooke Hammond Speaks on Texas State of Reform Conference Panel

Brooke Hammond Speaks on Texas State of Reform Conference Panel

Last month, Brooke Hammond, Director of Operations, spoke on a panel titled “Broadening the Definition of Behavioral Health and Access to Care” at the Texas State of Reform Conference.

Dr. Wendy Salazar Speaks on NALHE Central Texas Panel

Dr. Wendy Salazar Speaks on NALHE Central Texas Panel

Dr. Wendy Salazar, Practice Manager, spoke during SXSW on the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) Central Texas Chapter’s panel discussion on Mental Health and the Hispanic Community. 

April Together We Will Heal Forum

April 2023 Together We Will Heal Forum

Join us April 19th at 1:30pm for “Complex Mental Health Needs and People with IDD Project,” a virtual community forum led by John Rochford, M.S., L.A.B.A. and Benjamin Amankwata. Rochford and Amankwata will discuss the INDEX Program, which will create a comprehensive study of service gaps in mental health care for people with developmental disabilities in Texas.  

Programs Moving to St. John Facility

This summer, Integral Care will be relocating several existing programs to its new St. John facility (6937 N. IH 35, Austin, TX 78752). This new location will offer multiple services including integrated primary and mental health care for adults and children, counseling programs, wellness programs, a pharmacy for clients, and referrals to community resources. Administrative offices will also be located onsite. In addition, the building will feature free meeting space for community members. Questions? Please reach out at info@integralcare.org.