RIVER CITY ADVOCACY INC

Rooted in Hope

aka River City Advocacy & Counseling Center   |   New Braunfels, TX   |  www.rivercityadvocacy.org

Mission

To bring healing and hope through counseling and peer support.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Adam L Robinson

Main address

145 Landa St.

New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA

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EIN

74-3004101

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mental health and wellness is already on the minds of millions of Texans. 76% of Texans have a a friend or family member that has experienced a mental health issue, and 9 in 10 believe it's harder to discuss a mental health condition than a physical illness. Despite this, many in need of care do not have access to affordable, quality mental health services. Failing to address the gaps in our mental health system fails those who need it most. Many are forced to rely on overburdened and underfunded public health systems and face threats of poverty, criminalization, incarceration, and suicide. We know that Texans deserve better, and our community deserves better.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Counseling Program

RCA's Community Counseling Program provides quality, affordable mental health counseling to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

RCA's Peer Programs include no-cost support groups, Art & Creative Expression, special events, field trips, and opportunities for socialization.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Consumer Operated Service Provider 2014

Awards

Appreciation Plaque for Contributions 2014

New Braunfels Little League

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2014

United Way Member Agency 2013

United Way Member Agency 2015

United Way Member Agency 2017

United Way Member Agency 2018

United Way Member Agency 2019

United Way Member Agency 2020

United Way Member Agency 2021

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

River City Advocacy works to address disparities in mental health care in our community through collaborative and innovative methods that improve mental health and wellness, personal autonomy and independence, and access to care. We want to create a compassionate and caring community that embraces mental health and well-being.

One of the strategies for growth and financial diversification is increasing our grant applications as well as continuing to charge our sliding scale fees for counseling services. Our sliding scale fees are for the counseling program only. We do not have plans to charge for peer support, however we are investigating the potential to bill Medicaid/Insurance for support groups. We are working on becoming an approved vendor for state agencies and Medicaid in order to bill for our services which will help us with growth and diversification. We have begun to charge for Anger Management workshops that are part of a court order for individuals/families, and this opens the door to future opportunities for funding.

We have three LPC-I on staff as well as an LMFTA to provide services, a certified Peer Support Specialist, and all of our staff are certified in Mental Health First Aid who are able to provide services under the River City Advocacy umbrella. In addition to our paid staff, we also have volunteers who teach art classes and help the staff provide peer support.

Over the last two years we have had tremendous growth in our programs. We have 14 groups offered each week as well as individual, couples, and family counseling offered into the evening hours four nights per week. River City Advocacy has shown steady progress toward our goals of growth and increasing services. We have created MOUs with organizations that help us expand our reach in the community and stretch the funding dollars to serve more than just our traditional consumers.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RIVER CITY ADVOCACY INC

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Hunt

Donna Guenther

Co-Founder

Don Guenther

Founder

Russel Gribble

Treasurer

Amanda Hunt

Board Chair

Michel Schadt

Vice Chair

Sarah Meckel

Member

Diana Davalos

Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.