School Mental Health Centers are where students and families can receive mental health services provided by a licensed therapist. SMHCs are overseen by AISD and operate in collaboration with Vida Clinic.
SMHC therapists use evidence-based practices to help students and families identify and treat behavioral issues and mental health concerns. Working with the family, therapists complete a thorough clinical assessment, create therapeutic goals with the student and provide ongoing therapy throughout the year. The treatment approach is strengths-based, rooted in therapeutic models such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. All services are confidential, and student health information is protected under the law. SMHC therapists work collaboratively with other school-based programs, such as Communities in Schools, Council on At-Risk Youth and Safe Place to create a wraparound model for the whole child.
Check out AISD's Student Health page for more info.
See below for Vida Clinic's one-pager (English and Spanish) regarding services, their model of care, and contact information.
Communities in Schools (CIS)
MISSION AND VISION
Children cannot learn at their potential when they are in crisis or face significant non-academic needs. Most students who drop out of school are dealing with multiple problems that present barriers to their education: poverty, unattended health needs, hunger, an unemployed parent, domestic violence.
Our mission: Communities In Schools of Central Texas surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Communities In Schools is a dropout prevention program. Through campus-based programs and special projects, Communities In Schools creates a network of volunteers, social services, businesses, and community resources that work together to break down barriers and help students succeed.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas serves thousands of children and families every year, providing options where there once were none.
With your support, Communities In Schools can help kids stay in school and become productive members of the Central Texas workforce and community.
Communities in Schools (CIS) has a new team and a new space here at Oak Springs this year! First, let’s meet the team . . .
Jane Kilgore, LMSW, Program Manager: I am an Austin native, licensed social worker, and a passionate advocate for children. I graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with my bachelor’s degree in theatre and psychology, and then from the University of Texas at Austin with my Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW). I am a proud dog parent to my deaf rescue pup, Wally, and will show you as many pictures as you can stand (he’s the cutest)! I previously interned and temped with CIS and am bursting with excitement to take over my own program and join the Oak Springs community. I look forward to meeting you!
Anabel Gomez, SmartKids Coordinator
You will be able to find Jane, Anabel, and all things CIS in our new space, Portable 2A! We’d like to invite you to stop by, introduce yourself, and have a look around!