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ACGC's mission is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life's challenges.

A multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, and professional counselors provides individual, family, and group therapy; psychiatric and psychological services; parent education; community presentations and consultations; and training to current and future mental health professionals.

For over 67 years, the Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) has been the recognized leading provider of affordable, quality mental health services for children and families. The Center served as the first Travis County nonprofit organization solely dedicated to children's mental health care. To this day, ACGC remains the leading service provider of behavioral health care for lower-income Austin area children, adolescents, and families.

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Phone Number: 512-451-2242
Address: 810 W. 45th St.
Austin, TX 78751
The greater Austin Community has grown substantially within the past decade. Within the last six years, ACGC has significantly increased programming and delivery systems in order to keep up with Austin's growing population and need for affordable children's mental health care. Within this timeframe, the agency hired additional bilingual therapists, support staff, and resource development personnel to try to keep up with the demand for care. Informed, data-driven, incremental growth of services to reach more children and families is the guiding force for the agency's recent expansion of services both on and off-site (Charter Schools, Early Childhood Centers, and Trauma-Informed Trainings).

Due to the growth of ACGC programs, services, trainings and additional personnel, our building on the corner of 45th and Lamar is at maximum capacity. However, there is room to grow on-site, so we can serve more people and keep up with the expanding need for affordable children's mental health care. In order to keep up with our City's growth, the agency is embarking on a Growth Campaign to serve an increased number of children and families needing mental health services- regardless of their ability to pay - by providing timely access to intervention and treatment.

Impact Statement

Since 1951, Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) has served over 140,000 children and family members. The Center provides comprehensive, specialized mental health treatment services to all children and families, focusing predominantly on at-risk, lower-income populations. ACGC has thousands of success stories documenting positive outcomes for local children, which has had a significant impact on the well-being of the Austin community. We believe that all children should have access to behavioral health care, not just those that can afford it.

Needs Statement

When lower-income Travis County children experience difficult emotional issues, Austin Child Guidance Center is there to guide them through: depression, anxiety, abuse, neglect, ADHD, bullying, and trauma.

When children with untreated mental disorders become adults, they use more health care services and incur higher health care costs than other adults. Left untreated, childhood disorders are likely to persist and lead to a downward spiral of school failure, limited employment opportunities and poverty in adulthood. No other condition or illnesses harm so many children so seriously.

With the high demands paired with our limited resources, we ask that you please join us in raising awareness and critical funding support for affordable, quality mental health services for children.
Client Comments:
- I wouldn't be where I'm at today without ACGC and I wouldn't be HERE.

- If I feel this way, I bet there are more kids like me who need help too.

- Our world would be so great if everyone knew about ACGC.

- ACGC gave me all of my improvements.

- I like the treatment approach and feel very comfortable with my daughter's therapist. I appreciate having various resources in addition to the therapy, including psychological testing and if necessary a psychiatrist, at one site. It's really nice that ACGC deals with the insurance and I only have to take care of the co-payment. And, though we have financial resources, I think it's great that ACGC serves all kinds of families, including many low income families.

- The service has been invaluable to our family. My daughter and son have received coping skills that will last a lifetime! I wish this had been around when I was little. It would have definitely helped in life.

- I love getting therapy here because I feel like it really helps me become a stronger person.

- I got to express everything I got inside with someone I can trust really a lot.

- My position is that they do help you a lot. [child client]

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.

Play Leader - This is a semester long commitment on a fixed schedule for at least one 2 hour shift (i.e., Mondays 1-3). You would be playing with the kids while they are waiting for their therapist or while their parents are in session. You must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, complete an online trauma training, and attend a 1-hour orientation.

Healing Garden Volunteer - Garden Volunteers can come in on a weekly basis or for one time corporate or group events. You would do basic gardening tasks such as watering and weeding. We will provide equipment but you are welcome to bring our own.

Development Committee - This committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Sushi Zushi (off 5th) from 5-6:30 to discuss different fundraising opportunities, event opportunities, as well as various ways to raise awareness and funds for the center.

Music Committee - This committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday 5:30-7:00 of every month at various locations for happy hour to plan our annual "Austin Originals Benefit Concert". We contact local businesses for sponsorship and donations as well as plan the actual event.

Austin Originals Event Volunteer - 7th Annual Austin Original Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater Shifts from 10:00 am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm, & 8:00pm-12:00am

Contact volunteer@austinchildguidance.org for more information.