Mental Health Initiative
The Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) Mental Health Initiative is our response to the growing need of professional mental health services to underserved youth. According to a 2013 study done by the Mental Health Needs Council, Harris County has 89,162 children who have a serious emotional disturbance. Of those, 14,335 children and adolescents were not able to receive any mental health services.
The Mental Health program provides students in crisis with interventions that alleviate emotional and behavioral challenges, enhance coping skills, improve student emotional and physical health, and in turn, scholastic achievement. Children in need of counseling services are identified by referrals from school principals and teachers, parents, and by the CIS staff.
CIS licensed Mental Health Professionals work with students identified with mental health needs. CIS also partners with the following community mental health organizations:
- DePelchin Children’s Center
- Depression Bi-Polar Support Alliance
- Family Services of Greater Houston
- Houston Galveston Institute
- Montrose Counseling Center
- The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
Master’s level mental health professionals from CIS and these agencies provide mental health counseling, support groups, diagnostic services, treatment, and referrals to the children and their parents. In 2013/2014 CIS served 6,050 students under the Mental Health Initiative.