Programs & Services
CIS places a full-time social service provider on the school campus to deliver a variety of programming and provide referrals to other agencies as needed. Whether it is eye glasses, tutoring, or just a safe place to live, the CIS program manager is there to help. CIS provides supportive guidance and counseling to students in need of additional support in individual or group settings. CIS believes that when basic needs are met, students can concentrate on learning.
CIS connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to fit their needs. Each year CIS provides approximately 122,000 referrals to students to over 400 local agencies to meet their wide-ranging needs.
Tailored to the needs of the individual campus, CIS designs a service model to bring the Five Basics to the campus. Students demonstrating the greatest need receive intensive case management and the rest of the campus is served on an as-needed basis.
In addition, CIS conducts a number of special programs to meet the varying needs of our students.
Mental Health Initiative
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 organizations:
- DePelchin Children’s Center,
- Depression Bi-Polar Support Alliance ,
- Family Services of Greater Houston,
- Houston Galveston Institute, and
- Montrose Counseling Center.
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. Interventions target conflict in the home, grief and loss, developmental concerns, identity issues, verbal or physical aggression, anxiety, withdrawal, suspected drug/alcohol use, and unusual behavior.
CIS Summer Youth Employment Program
Two unique opportunities allowed CIS students to intern in the legal and nursing professions during the summer, exposing them to a world of opportunity and success, which they would not otherwise experience.
- The Houston Bar Association/CIS Summer Legal Internship served high school juniors and seniors this past summer, with 24 law firms participating in the program. These students spent 8 weeks experiencing sophisticated work environments in downtown Houston, expanding their career opportunities and their vision of success.
- The CIS Nursing Internship Program partnered with St. Luke’s Episcopal and Methodist Hospitals to train CIS high school seniors in the nursing profession. During the summer of 2013, senior students participated in the Methodist Hospital’s Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) nursing externship and in the St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program. This program allows students to complete a state certification, which allows them to work in the nursing field.
Emergency Needs Program
The emergency fund is used to meet real needs of students and families living in poverty; these needs range from food and clothing, to school supplies and utility assistance, to vision exams and corrective lenses. The emergency fund receives significant financial support from Christ Church Cathedral, as well as other generous donors.
CIS Project MOVE Dental Program
In partnership with University of Texas (UT) Dental Branch, Project MOVE Dental provides free preventive and restorative dental care and oral health presentations to over 700 elementary students. CIS Houston area students receive oral health education and referrals at community health fairs. Some students receive major restorative care at the UT Pediatric Clinic. Several thousand oral health procedures were performed on the dental van, such as dental cleaning, x-rays, fluoride treatment, and sealants.