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South Region Children's Mental Health Collaborative

Project Description The South Region Children's Mental Health Collaborative (SRCMHC), an inter-agency partnership of five Houston area service providers and an evaluation team, will serve children's developmental, social, emotional and mental health needs through an integrated systems-ofcare model providing quality mental health promotion, prevention, early identification/intervention, and treatment for children and their families in Houston Independent School District's South Region. The South Region, located south of Loop 610, is a very low-income area, predominantly African American with a growing Hispanic population. All schools are Title I schools with a high percentage of children referred for special education and grade retention. Out of the 39 schools in the region with an enrollment of 28,634 students, there were 14,983 disciplinary referrals, more than one referral for every two children. All five service delivery partners have worked in the South Region and will be leveraging this experience and the resources already in place to help children reach their full potential, beginning at birth. Services to be Provided The collaborating partners will develop a prevention-based system that focuses significant resources on early stages of development, working with the people most influential in the lives of children ­ their families and their teachers. The system will build on the expertise of our partners, offering a continuum of services beginning with parenting education and support, teacher training and coaching and, as needed, more significant mental health services including counseling, psychiatric assessments, case management and treatment. Over a three-year period, the project will offer an integrated and expanded system of mental health services for children (and their families) enrolled in area child care programs and the 10 Houston ISD schools that are part of the Worthing High School Feeder Pattern. A limited number of services in the Jones and Sterling Feeder Patterns will also be available. Partners City of Houston, Department of Health and Human Services Collaborative for Children, Lead Agency Family Services of Greater Houston Harris County Systems of Hope University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center University of Texas School of Public Health (evaluation partner) Contact Carol Shattuck, President and CEO Collaborative for Children 713-600-1187 [email protected]

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