Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

RIVER CITY ADVOCACY INC

Rooted in Hope

aka River City Advocacy & Counseling Center

New Braunfels, TX

Mission

To bring healing and hope through counseling and peer support.

Ruling Year

2001

Executive Director

Adam L Robinson

Main Address

145 Landa St.

New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA

Keywords

mental health, community, advocacy, health

EIN

74-3004101

 Number

4733770416

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Community Counseling Program

Peer Programs

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Our income will increase as a result, as will our referral streams, and participation. Being a vendor for an outside entity will increase our organizational capacity and help us to continue to grow. Referrals are a great indicator of progress, as are increases in consumer traffic and participation in our various programs.

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.

External Reviews

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

Financials

RIVER CITY ADVOCACY INC

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are a Consumer Operated Service Provider (COSP) which means at least 51% of our board is made up of mental health consumers with lived experience. We have a diverse group of people serving based on their life/work experiences. We offer services to people of all ages, races, colors, creeds, orientation, preference, and socio-economic status. Our consumers have varying degrees of mental and behavioral health issues as well as developmental difficulties.