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CLARITY CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER

healing young minds & hearts

San Antonio, TX   |  http://www.claritycgc.org

Mission

The mission of Clarity Child Guidance Center (Clarity CGC) is to help children, adolescents, and families overcome the disabling effects of mental illness and improve their ability to function successfully at home, at school, and in the community. The only nonprofit facility in South Texas solely serving children ages 3-17, we provide a continuum of mental health treatment that includes crisis services, inpatient hospitalization, day treatment, and outpatient therapy. We transform the lives of children and families by helping kids build the resilience needed to manage the stressors of everyday life, families to communicate and understand their child's illness, and communities to be educated. Our vision is to ensure that every child and family who needs our services receives our services.

Ruling year info

1943

President and CEO

Ms. Jessica Knudsen

Main address

8535 Tom Slick Ave.

San Antonio, TX 78229 USA

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Formerly known as

Southwest Mental Health Center

Child Guidance Center

University Centers, Inc.

San Antonio Children's Center

Southwest Neuropsychiatric Institute

Protestant Children's Home of San Antonio

Protestant Orphan's Home of San Antonio

Protestant Home for Destitute Children

The Home for Destitute Children

EIN

74-1153067

NTEE code info

Psychiatric, Mental Health Hospital (F31)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The CDC has reported that one in five children has a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Kids with untreated mental illnesses are at greater risk of dropping out of school, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, and/or becoming incarcerated or homeless. Worse yet, suicide remains the second leading cause of death for young people, and suicide rates in kids ages 10 and older are on the rise. The need for children's mental health services is huge, yet more than 67% of Texas children who need treatment will never receive it due to three barriers: lack of service providers; stigma; and ability to pay. Clarity CGC actively addresses all three barriers, We are a teaching hospital, training the next generation of providers. We provide no/low cost CEUs to professionals in our community. We developed the One in Five Minds® campaign to promote community health literacy, with Strong Minds Happy Hearts events in collaboration with schools. We never turn a child away based on ability to pay.

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?

Outpatient Services

Clarity Child Guidance Center offers a full range of outpatient therapy services including psychological assessment, individual, group and family therapies provided by licensed psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

In less severe situations, a child may be able to receive treatment at Clarity Child Guidance Center during the day while returning home in the evening to practice new skills outside of the treatment setting. The program includes group, individual and family therapy, recreational therapy, and life coaching plus tutoring, so the child can keep up with their classes.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Crisis Services serves children who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. We provide psychological assessments and stabilization for children who are experiencing significant, distressing symptoms requiring immediate care. Services are provided 24/7, year-round.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

When a child or teenager has trouble functioning and/or is at risk of harm to self or others, hospital treatment may be the answer. The average acute-care stay is five to seven days and patients receive a full schedule of individual, family and group therapies, and therapeutic recreational activities in a safe, secure, and child-friendly hospital campus setting.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of caregiver who understand the importance, purpose, and side effects of their child's medication.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Adolescents, Preteens

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of children with an improved level of functioning.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our primary goal is to transform the lives of children and families by helping them understand their illness and manage their condition. We innovate care levels to reduce the number of hospital admissions for children, so they may receive the right level of care at the right time.

With the support and cooperation of our community and funding partners, Clarity Child Guidance Center will continue expanding services by assessing community needs, providing access to care, hiring and retaining the best physicians and therapists, and improving community health literacy associated with mental illness.

Clarity has been in existence since 1886, giving us a solid foundation. We've grown dramatically over the years and have the largest group of child and adolescent mental health providers in the region, many of them bilingual. We are Joint Commission accredited as a behavioral health hospital.

Reducing mental health re-admissions is a challenge nationwide. With a lack of providers impeding access, lack of understanding due to the need for increased health literacy, and high cost of treatment due to lack of nonprofit providers, families, often wait to seek care for their kids until the illness has become a crisis. This leads to increased hospital admissions and re-admissions in order to truly stabilize the child and provide the entire family with coping and communication skills. Clarity addresses treatment barriers in innovative ways. We provide step-down levels of care and have also begun the First Step admission program. First Step provides a one-time initial consultation appointment with a licensed psychologist so parents can be referred to the next best step to help their child, which may be mental health, medical or other. Parents receive immediate feedback, learn the right type of care needed, and unnecessary mental health appointments are avoided and now available to other children who need them.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CLARITY CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Joanna Weidman

Nustar Energy

Term: 2019 - 2022

Reed Hurley

University Health Systems

Tony LoBasso

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Charles McLane

CUE, Inc, (Retired)

Tara Shelton

Frost & Sullivan

Brian Zimmerman

The Antlers Corporation

Justice Luz Chapa

Texas Fourth Court of Appeals

Taylor Boone

Strasburger Attorneys at Law

Ami Gordon

Golden Steves Cohen & Gordon

Ben Scott

HEB

Tammy Fulgham

Valero Energy Corporation

Adele Glenn

Credit Human FCU

Ashley Dahlberg

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

LTC Sharen Denson, MPAS, PA-C

U.S. Army

Angela Holliday

Frost Brokerage Services, Inc.

Peggy Deming

University Health System (Retired)

Rachel Belmares

CHRISTUS Health

Robbie Harris, M. Ed.

Mary Harper Middle School, Dilley ISD

Vanessa Lacoss Hurd

San Antonio ISD

Shanna Ramirez

CPS Energy

John Seybold

Employer Flexible

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data