What We Do
A recent study by the Search Institute found that only one-in-five at-risk youth could identify one trusted, caring adult in their lives. At its core, CIS exists to provide that trusted, caring adult to children who would otherwise not have one.
CIS social workers provide intensive case management to assess each child’s unique needs and ensure children and families are connected with the community resources they need. Needs range from counseling services, health and dental screenings, food, shelter, gang intervention and prevention, pregnancy services, and more. CIS partners with more than 80 local service agencies to bring resources inside schools.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers provide clinical services to address the mental health needs of students through one-on-one counseling inside schools. CIS Mental Health Supports eliminates any financial, transportation, or distance barrier that exists.
What is Case Management?
CIS provides intensive case management directly inside local schools for students identified as most at risk of someday dropping out, due to a variety of barriers they and their families face.
By doing in-home visits and in-depth needs assessments, our social workers provide individualized case management plans, connecting students and their families with wrap-around support and local services and resources they need for the student to be well-supported and to achieve academic success.
We currently provide both case management and mental health support to more than 5,000 at-risk, pre-K through 12th-grade students in 71 schools in 11 different Tarrant County school districts.
Mental Health Supports
Our Mental Health Supports program addresses the mental health needs of students through one-on-one counseling by licensed clinicians on school campuses. The program is meant to go deeper than the case management program by providing individual counseling sessions inside a student’s school, thus eliminating any transportation or distance barrier that may exist. Clinical staff manage a caseload of up to 30 students at a time, providing each with weekly, 45-minute counseling sessions.
Currently, 12 mental health counselors provide clinical services to over 300 students across 5 school districts.
For the 2021-22 school year, CIS case managed 4,761 students in 63 schools across 11 districts
For the 2021-22 school year, CIS mental health clinicians provided 4,743 hours of one-on-one counseling.
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