From guest contributor Sara Villaruel:
SAN ANTONIO – Two of San Antonio’s oldest nonprofit organizations have merged to increase the accessibility of mental health care services for children ages 3-17. Southwest Mental Health Center and Child Guidance Center of San Antonio have now combined their inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment programs to form the new Clarity Child Guidance Center.
“We chose the name Clarity for our new organization because clarity is what we want to bring to anyone looking for answers to a child’s behavioral or emotional problems,” says Fred Hines, Clarity Child Guidance Center president and CEO.
The newly formed organization now has the region’s largest staff of mental health professionals specializing exclusively in the treatment of children and adolescents. The merger creates a $14 million nonprofit agency with over 200 employees.
The mental health treatment center plans to increase access to its services by adding locations throughout Bexar County over the next five years. Currently, Clarity Child Guidance Center has two locations in the South Texas Medical Center area and a satellite office at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Clinic.
“As a unified organization, we are stronger and better able to serve more children with greater efficiency and continuity of care,” says Steven D. Jansma, Clarity Child Guidance Center governing board chair.
Over the next few months, the nonprofit will launch an outreach campaign aimed at increasing awareness of behavioral and emotional challenges children face and reducing the stigma associated with seeking treatment.
Child Guidance Center of San Antonio and Southwest Mental Health Center have merged to form Clarity Child Guidance Center. We exist to transform the lives of children and families. Our treatment centers provide children ages 3-17 in San Antonio and South Texas with compassionate mental health care. Our inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services including crisis stabilization, psychiatric evaluations, and ongoing therapy. Currently, we have the region’s largest staff of children’s mental health professionals at our two family-friendly campuses and several satellite locations. As a United Way agency, we provide greatly needed mental health care for children who could not otherwise afford to receive treatment. To learn more, please visit our website at www.claritycgc.org or call us at 877.676.KIDS.