The San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative is the first of its kind in the nation. It is an upstream collaboration of nonprofits focusing on behavioral health prevention so that our public schools do not have to focus fully on intervention.
Through each agency’s expertise, professionals are able to work with all student age groups and meet their behavioral health needs in their own learning environment.
Recognizing that a student cannot be fully well if their support system isn’t well, the collaborative care model takes the holistic approach by incorporating parents and guardians, teachers, and administrative staff into the mental wellness program. Services are offered on school district property or virtually to help eliminate the transportation barrier that often limits access to mental health services.
Students at South San ISD addressed their board of trustees requesting that district funds be used to provide mental health programs. The San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative was formed in direct response to this overwhelming need.
The CareZone opens at South San ISD and begins offering mental wellness counseling, education, outreach and wraparound services.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual services are added. These services continue to be available for those who prefer virtual services or when school buildings are closed.
Pilot program ends with serving more than 1,600 people through counseling and outreach in just six months.
Program expands to include Harlandale ISD.
Third school district is added, Edgewood ISD.
School year ends with 4,800+ students, families, teachers, and district staff served.
The backbone of the program moves under the umbrella of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
San Antonio ISD and Judson ISD are added to the program.
San Antonio Express-News (May 24, 2022) Straus: San Antonio can lead on innovative mental health care
Public News Service (April 7, 2022) Tips for Texans to Manage Return-to-Workplace Stress
San Antonio Woman Magazine (March/April 2022) In the Spotlight: Philanthropitch
KSAT (March 21, 2022) Living with a mental illness as a working professional
KLRN (February 3. 2022) New Mental Health Mobile Unit for Schools
Mental Health Services Program Expands to Meet Need in San Antonio Schools
San Antonio Express-News (January 3, 2022) San Antonio Mental Health Providers’ Work in Schools is About to Ramp up, Fast
KABB (December 14, 2021) Mental health challenges, disconnected students plague area school districts
KSAT (December 14, 2021) San Antonio mental wellness program poised to expand to help more students, educators
Philanthropitch video (October 12, 2021) The momentum of Philanthropitch in action
San Antonio Report (September 27, 2021) My Philanthropitch journey
San Antonio Report (July 22, 2021) Methodist Healthcare Ministries grant to expand mental health services in San Antonio schools
Spectrum News (July 22, 2021) Coverage of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries press conference
Texas Tribune (July 21, 2021) Returning to school as pandemic lingers, San Antonio students inundate counseling center
KSAT (July 19, 2021) Bexar County helps expand free mental wellness program into more school districts
Texas Public Radio (July 14, 2021) Brief about Bexar County Commissioners approving $4.75 million for San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative
San Antonio Report (July 13, 2021) Commissioners approve $4.75M for student mental health, $3.9M on jail overtime
KSAT (March 29, 2021) School mental health pilot program expands into more districts
KSAT (March 16, 2021) KSAT Town Hall [Parenting During a Pandemic Part 2]
Texas Public Radio (October 21, 2020) Mental Health Collaborative Expands Into Harlandale, Edgewood School Districts
San Antonio Report (October 14, 2020) Mental health collaborative with roots in South San ISD now growing into Harlandale, Edgewood ISDs
Spectrum News National Documentary (July 29, 2020) Divisible/Indivisible Part 3: Inside the Care Zone
KSAT (June 11, 2020) ‘You Can Be the Judge’ During the First-Virtual Event by Philanthropitch
San Antonio Magazine (June 11, 2020) Philanthropitch San Antonio Goes Virtual
San Antonio Business Journal (June 10, 2020) San Antonio Nonprofits Compete in Fast-Pitch Event to Seek Support for Innovative Initiatives
Rivard Report (June 8, 2020) Nonprofits Compete to Grow at Third Annual Philanthropitch
Mental Health Weekly, Wiley Online Library (June 5, 2020) Texas Pilot Program Bringing MH Services to Local Community
San Antonio Express-News (June 2, 2020) Pilot program brings long-awaited mental health services to South San ISD
Spectrum News (May 18, 2020) Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative Stays Active During Pandemic
San Antonio Magazine (March 11, 2020) At Philanthropitch, Nonprofits Compete for Funds to Grow
San Antonio Magazine (March 2020) Collaborating for a Cause (p. 8-9)
KENS 5 (November 20, 2019) Students help open ‘Care Zone’ with free mental health services for South San Antonio ISD
Texas Public Radio (November 15, 2019) Four Years In The Making, Mental Health Center Opens In South San Antonio School District
Rivard Report (November 15, 2019) Mental Health Resource Center Opens in South San ISD After Push From Students
KSAT (November 8, 2019) South San ISD students’ grassroot movement produces results
KENS 5 (October 8, 2019) SA Mobile Mental Wellness Collaboration
KSAT (August 30, 2019) Mobile mental wellness pilot program begins at South San ISD