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Supporting Children’s Mental Health

A Message From Our CEO

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) sent a joint letter with over 130 signatories to the Biden administration requesting a federal declaration of a National State of Emergency for Children’s Mental Health.

This crisis has been building for many years, with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating already concerning statistics. A recent study by JAMA Pediatrics found that depression and anxiety in young people doubled during the pandemic, meaning that globally, one in four youth are “experiencing clinically elevated depression symptoms,” while one in five youth are “experiencing clinically elevated anxiety symptoms.”

Every day, Integral Care supports the mental health of our children and youth in Travis County. We offer programs to children, families and school personnel including clinic and school-based individual, group and family counseling, suicide prevention, medication support, case management, family education and support, in-home mental health support for children, crisis services, skills training, teacher training and wraparound support. We also provide these services to specialized populations such as youth on probation, in foster care or at risk of homelessness. Our goal is to make sure children and families have the tools they need to meet their full potential.

We must work together to address this crisis. According to the CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” among adolescents aged 12–17 years, the average weekly number of emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts were 22.3% higher during summer 2020 and 39.1% higher during winter 2021 than during the corresponding periods in 2019. Most recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force published a recommendation statement encouraging screening for anxiety in children and adolescents aged 8 to 18.

If your child is struggling, know that recovery is possible, and that early diagnosis and treatment supports recovery. Learn more about our array of mental health supports for children, families and school personnel.

Our 27/7 Helpline is always available for anyone who needs immediate emotional support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – or if you’re worried about someone and need to talk. No problem is too big or too small. Call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1. The Helpline can also connect you to Integral Care programs and services.

While this news is very troubling, I am hopeful that more focus on children’s mental health will lead to more resources for families and better outcomes.

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Transparencies Archive

Past Transparencies sorted by year

2022

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

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: School-Based Services

As part of our Child and Family Services,
Integral Care offers a variety of school-based services year-round,
including during school vacations. Services include:

• School-Based Counseling: On-campus therapy for students experiencing emotional challenges in Manor, Del Valle and Pflugerville Independent School Districts, and East Austin Prep. Contact the school’s counselor or email schoolbasedservices@integralcare.org.

• Suicide Prevention Training and Postvention Support: Suicide prevention training for school personnel, students and parents; support for schools in the event of a suicide. Contact the school’s counselor or email schoolbasedservices@integralcare.org.
• Crisis Prevention and Triage Therapists: In-school response to student crisis calls; crisis severity assessment; support for school staff; safety planning and connection to ongoing counseling in Del Valle and Manor Independent School Districts.
• Additional Training for School Personnel: Additional mental health trainings include suicidal self-injurious behavior, impact of trauma and crisis response – in Del Valle and Manor Independent School Districts. Contact the school’s counselor or email schoolbasedservices@integralcare.org.

Highlight: CrisisResCon Recap

Last month, Integral Care staff, including Sherry Blyth, Director of Practice Management, Lyn Shepherd, Practice Manager, Mia Maraboto, QMHP Lead, Tracy Abzug, Practice Administrator, Teresa Williams, Director of Clinical Services and Anne Nagelkirk, Chief Strategy Officer, presented at CrisisResCon 2022. The team presented on topics including outpatient competency restoration program success, effective marketing in crisis services, optimizing service delivery and more.

Highlight: CTAAFSC Reunion Recap

Last month, the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Reunion Day was held at the Millennium Center in East Austin. It included two town halls, a job fair, COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics, food, entertainment and more.

If you’re interested in participating in the 2023 hybrid conference, we are still seeking exhibitors, sponsors and award nominations.

Highlight: Integral Care Staff Attend National Association
of Peer Supporters (NAPS) Conference

Kathy Swain, Peer Support Program Manager, Joya Cooper, Peer Support Specialist, Simone DuBois, Peer Support Specialist, Michael Bryant, Peer Support Specialist, and Brandon Strand, Peer Support Specialist, represented Integral Care at the National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS) conference last month. The team was able to make connections with other peers from across the country and attend a wide array of workshop sessions, including peer support in crisis, trauma and the LGBTQ+ community, and much more.

Highlight: Travis County Leaders Tour Integral Care Facilities

Last week, Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Travis County leaders Pilar Sanchez, Vicki Ashley and Kate Garza joined CEO David Evans, COO Dawn Handley and Director of Crisis Services, Speciality Substance Use Treatment and Justice Initiatives Sherry Blyth for a tour of our residential facilities. We thank them for taking the time to learn more about Integral Care and the services we offer the community.

What's New

Welcome our New Board of Trustees Officers!

Congratulations to our new officers of Integral Care’s Board of Trustees, Trish Young Brown, Chief Partnerships Officer, Design Run Group, LLC, Emmitt Hayes, Independent Consultant with LTBL Consultants, and Deborah Smith, Digital Media and Documentary Film Producer.

We are grateful to Hal Katz, Partner at Husch Blackwell, and Sarah Churchill-Llamas, Managing Director, Generational Wellness Capital, for sharing their leadership and expertise with Integral Care and their many years of service as officers. Their contributions have been invaluable to the agency.

November Food Pantry Drive

Healthy living for everyone starts with access to nutritious food and having a full belly. Did you know that eating healthy food can also improve our mental health? We need your help. Grocery costs are up 11% this year and Integral Care’s food pantry inventory is alarmingly low!

While you are out shopping for your Thanksgiving Day feast, please consider grabbing some items for our food pantry. In this season of giving, help us support the adults and children we serve in Travis County to build healthy lives and minds by providing them with nutritious food.

We're Hiring: Chief Equity Officer

Integral Care is hiring a Chief Equity Officer. The Chief Equity Officer leads Integral Care’s commitment to ensure that a racial equity and overall diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) focus informs Integral Care’s strategic planning and decision-making processes to reach equity goals. This individual leads Integral Care’s commitment and strategy to be a diverse, antiracist, equitable, and inclusive organization. The efforts of the Chief Equity Officer will help Integral Care eliminate systemic racism and promote a culture where people from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged. If this sounds like you or someone you know, apply here.

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