Clarity Child Guidance Center
larity Child Guidance Center exists to transform the lives of children and families. They are the only nonprofit treatment center in San Antonio and South Texas that specializes in children ages 3-17 who suffer from serious mental health problems. Their inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services, from crisis stabilization, to psychiatric evaluations, to ongoing therapy.
Clarity has 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.
Clarity Child Guidance Center services include outpatient care, day treatment services, acute inpatient care at our 66- bed children’s psychiatric hospital and emergency services in our Crisis Assessment Center. Nearly 9,000 kids will receive care in 2017, with over 30,000 outpatient appointments and 17,500 hospitalization nights. Wraparound supports include case management for families as well as education continuation for our patients via our on-campus Northside ISD school. Play with Purpose™, our art, music and play therapy program is integrated into our treatment plans.
Clarity Child Guidance Center’s mission 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.
Their model, called ClarityCare™ is based on a simple principle: children do well when they can. As a result, they collaboratively problem solve with the children in their care. They also involve the entire family in the course of treatment through family therapy. They know that when a child comes to them, the whole family needs to heal.
“The pinwheel is a symbol of hope and joy for children with mental illness. When the pinwheel is installed in a windy spot, it comes to life. Coming forward and sharing our personal stories about mental illness can be the breeze that turns stigma inti support, and in turn, provide children with the help they so desperately need.”- Justice Luz Elena Chapa
“The I truly believe that my daughter felt a sense of peace at Clarity Child Guidance Center. The staff and professionals treated her with dignity and respect, and I felt they cared about helping us find the best path forward for her.”- Mother of a 10 year old patient