Austin Child Guidance Center works with a number of other agencies in the city to deliver mental health services to children offsite. A current list of community collaborations are described below.
Charter School Collaborative
In 2015, ACGC forged new partnerships with four charter schools serving low-income children and families in northeast and southeast Austin (KIPP, IDEA, and Magnolia Montessori for All). Clinicians provide individual, family and group therapy to identified students at these schools. Additionally, ACGC provides staff and parent training on a variety of different mental health topics.
With the support of Episcopal Health Foundation, the project has grown to nine schools serving multiple underserved communities.
Community Partners for Children
Community Partners for Children (CPC) is a collaboration that provides intensive case management to children and families who have multiple needs that cannot be met by one agency. This collaboration (formed from a merger of three previous entities – Community Resource Coordination, TRIAD, and the Eligibility Referral Team of the Children’s Partnership) serves any Travis County child/teenager whose problems are too extensive for one agency alone.
ACGC staff provides consultation and outpatient mental health services, psychological and psychiatric evaluations..
Children's Victim Recovery Project
This program assists children and families recover from the psychological effects of crime, violence, and abuse. Any child or adolescent who was a victim or witness to crime or violence is eligible for treatment services at no cost. Funding is provided by grants from the Office of Texas Attorney General and the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division (for Spanish-speaking victims of crime).
Kids in the Middle Project
This project offers mental health services and support for children and families who are experiencing high conflict divorce, family violence, or custody issues. Funding is provided by grants from the Travis County Domestic Relations Office and the Travis County Counseling and Education Services Department.
Infant and Early Childhood
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Project (IEC) is a United Way for Greater Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services funded project. The overarching goal is to promote the social and emotional health of children so that they are prepared for school and future success. Additionally, this project also focuses on educating and providing guidance to childcare staff and parents on infant and childhood development.
The TANDEM Teen Prenatal and Parenting Program is designed to promote the health and well-being of young families and reduce their risk of subsequent unplanned pregnancies. Medical, educational, and psychosocial support is provided to low-income young parents and their children from pregnancy through the first three years of their baby’s life. The lead agency for this project is People’s Community Clinic and Any Baby Can and LifeWorks are also collaborative partners. ACGC staff provides mental health services including group therapy, individual/family therapy, psychological/psychiatric evaluations, as well as consultation to the project.