a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
While traumatic experiences can have a serious impact on our mental health, we know that they can be opportunities for growth. A full year has passed since Austin and Travis County went into lockdown due to the novel coronavirus. Add to that the stress and loss caused by the historic winter storm last month, and Austinites have experienced some serious collective trauma. I believe that our community has grown stronger together over the past year.
Austin is the first city in the country to change its opening prompt to allow 911 callers to choose either police, fire, EMS, or mental health services. Callers to 911 with mental health emergencies are immediately directed to an Integral Care clinician. Thanks to additional funding from the City of Austin, this service is now available 24/7. This is a big step forward and we hope communities across the country will follow Austin’s lead.
Clinicians taking calls the week of the storm reported that most callers mentioned stress related to the storm as a contributing factor to their crisis. Easy access to a mental health professional during a time of crisis is crucial to a community’s overall well-being.
Another piece of positive news for community well-being – Integral Care recently received over $1M from FEMA and SAMHSA to continue providing crisis support and intervention through the end of June. Crisis Counseling Program services include outreach, individual counseling, public education, individual education, trauma supports, referrals and linkage to help people affected by the pandemic. Individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or grief related to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic can reach a crisis counselor by calling our Helpline at 512-472-4357 and pressing 7.
The past 12 months have been tremendously difficult. We all need mental health support in times like these. We must take care of ourselves and pay close attention to our mental health and that of others. The Integral Care Helpline is available 24/7. Call 512-472-4357, press 1 for English, then 1 for immediate support. For those who prefer texting over talking, we suggest the Crisis Text Line. Text TX to 741-741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
Be well and stay safe. Working together we will get to the other side and be a stronger community.
Chief Executive Officer
The pandemic exacts a heavy toll on individuals and families who live with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Integral Care and other providers are working to make a difference, alleviating the stress faced by this community. There are opportunities for you to make a difference too.
Let’s first take a moment to consider the pandemic’s impact on ID/DD services and the steps Integral Care is taking to support this population.
Now, here’s what you can do to support individuals with IDD:
We’d like to recognize everyone who supports the needs of individuals with ID/DD, during the pandemic and beyond. Thank you for helping reduce stigma and promoting inclusion and accessibility in our community.
Join us March 31st 12:00 – 1:00pm for a special forum focused on supporting the IDD community, among the hardest hit by the ongoing pandemic. Families are experiencing fatigue and hardship due to limited access to many crucial support services, such as respite care. With an uncertain end to the pandemic, we must focus on supporting caregivers of adults and children living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Experts from across Travis County will explore the needs this community faces, offer tips for caregivers, as well as resources and activities to help adults and children with IDD thrive. We hope caregivers will join us for this important forum intended to provide support and tangible tools to help navigate this challenging time.
Louise Lynch, Integral Care’s Provider Network and Authority Officer, will moderate the panel.
The Hub Learning Community, a transition support team at Integral Care, is hosting a speaker series on issues related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 90-minute webinars take place on Mondays throughout March and April. CEUs are available for LPC, LMFT, SWS, and LCDC. Meet the presenters here.
In a time of unbelievable crisis, through snow, ice, loss of power and water, staff from every part of our agency came together to support the community and help with recovery efforts. Staff worked around-the-clock to care for our clients, while also dealing with the impact of this disaster on their own lives.
Outside of the impact of our incredible team, we also witnessed amazing efforts across the city.
We are inspired by the dedication, strength, perseverance and compassion displayed across the community. Together, we helped adults and children across Travis County maintain health and well-being during this historic winter storm.
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