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Transparencies January 2022

TRANSPARENCIES

A monthly newsletter from Integral Care

Looking Ahead in 2022

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A Message From Our CEO

As we kick off 2022, I am pleased to share a few of our key priorities for the year.

• We continue our commitment to creating an organization that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’re in the process of hiring a Chief Equity Officer. Staff continue to lead Diversity Lunch and Learns where employees from different backgrounds and cultures share their knowledge and personal experiences. The agency-wide equity assessment is well under way.

• We are working with a consultant to conduct a Classification and Compensation Study for all job classes at Integral Care. Employee input will be an important part of this work. Our goal is to create a unified, consolidated classification and compensation system. We launched this study as one way to support our hardworking, dedicated staff.

• We are undertaking a Strategic Planning process that will guide our work for the next three years. This process includes input from stakeholders, staff, clients, and collaborators. The resulting FY2023-2025 Strategic Plan will launch in September 2022. Click here for our current Strategic Plan.

• We will help create much-needed housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We are converting a hotel into 60 permanent supportive housing units with the City of Austin, which will open early this fall. Along with other homeless service providers, we are also working with Travis County to create even more housing across the community.

• We continue to strengthen and expand our collaborations to meet the healthcare needs of our community. Integral Care is proud to be part of a Dell Medical School pilot, with People’s Community Clinic, that will help close the loop between medical clinics and social services providers.

Happy New Year from all of us at Integral Care. We look forward to another year that brings us closer to Healthy Living for Everyone.

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Transparencies Archive

Past Transparencies sorted by year

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

Mark Your Calendars for the Longest Running Black Wellness Conference of Its Kind

We’re bringing you the 22nd annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference virtually Feb. 8-9, 2022. Join us for workshops, keynote speakers, and group discussions on mental health, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the African American community.

The conference brings together individuals, families, faith leaders, health professionals, educators, and advocates to explore health solutions, foster relationships, reduce stigma and increase access to health care. Check out the agenda, keynote speaker bios and more here. The cost for professionals is $75 and includes a variety of CEUs to boost knowledge and enhance professional development. Cost for individuals with lived experience and family members is $15. Community member cost is $25. Scholarships are available for those who need financial support. Please spread the word to your colleagues, clients, friends, and family. #TogetherWeWillHeal

Take a Break for Your Mental Health

As we enter a new year, join us in setting an intention to take time for our mental health. Even simple acts can make a big difference. Did you know that taking a walk, watching something funny, listening to your favorite song, and taking a few deep breaths can improve your mental health? Keep your eye out for these reminders around town on Cap Metro busses. English and Spanish PSAs will also begin airing this month.

Huge thanks to the many organizations who have supported our self-care campaign efforts – Austin ISD, Austin Public Health, Austin Voices, Caritas of Austin, City of Austin, Coats for Kids, El Buen Samaritano, Family Eldercare, Foundation Communities, Manor ISD, Meals on Wheels, Travis County, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and the YMCA as well as a number of Travis County Commissioners, State Representatives and Senators, and City of Austin Council Members. Together, we have distributed over 20,000 magnets across the community reminding people to take a break for their mental health.

Supporting our Community During Times of Stress

Team Integral Care was busy last month talking about how to support your mental health during times of stress.

Marisa Aguilar Malik, Practice Administrator of Crisis Services, Catherina Conte, Practice Administrator for Specialty Substance Use Treatment Services, David West, Associate Director of Integrated Systems of Care talked to KVUE about holidays and the impact on mental health. They discussed reaching out for help, starting a conversation with others, suicide and not getting tied to “how we should feel.”

• Aaron Evans, Program Manager for Mental Health First Aid and Samantha Montemayor, Program Manager for the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team were interviewed on KLBJ’s Local Insights show about the importance of mental health. They talked about chronic stress, human connection, substance use, when to reach out for help, and how to help a loved one.

• Al Padilla, Practice Manager for our Stonegate Clinic, spoke with Texas Tribune about mental health and the pandemic as part of a Spanish podcast series. They delved into mental health stigma in the Latino culture, access to culturally competent care, and signs that someone needs help.

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