Clarity Child Guidance Center is the only nonprofit mental health treatment center for kids ages 3 to 17 in South Texas. Our staff of children’s mental health professionals is the largest in the region. When a child is in crisis, we work with families to get much-needed treatment regardless of their ability to pay.
Our 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.
We have helped many parents reach out for help and support for the first time, and that's what we're the proudest of.
The first step in helping your kids is educating yourself!
As part of our One in Five Minds education program, Clarity Child Guidance Center has produced a wealth of online materials for the community about children’s mental health and treatment.
Find resources geared to...
- Parents and caregivers
- Young Minds
- Kid's Mental Health 101
- Fostering Mental Wellness
- Getting Help
- Dealing with Crisis
- The Latest at Clarity
Click here to explore our archives.
We believe that children want to overcome their problems, but many don’t know how. Our goal is to work with the child and their family to discover what is preventing them from overcoming obstacles and removing any roadblocks. Ever since Clarity CGC was founded in 1886, our core value is to treat the children in our care with dignity, respect, and understanding.
Specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents ages 3 to 17, struggling?with serious mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.
Our patient population includes children dealing with:
- Poor frustration tolerance
- Emotional dysregulation
- Difficulty with attachment and socialization
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Community Counselors help people who are uninsured, whose existing coverage does not provide mental health services benefits, are low-income and lack the money to pay for counseling services, or who would not receive treatment any other way.
Counseling services are provided by trained, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed marriage and family counselors. Sessions are private and conducted in a safe and familiar environment such as churches and community centers.
The first meeting with a counselor is free. A modest fee based on a sliding fee scale is collected for each follow-up session; however, no one is denied service because they cannot pay.
Community Health Workers, or Promotores de Salud, increase wellness by reaching out to, connecting with, and engaging underserved families and communities to help improve health outcomes for themselves, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Community Health Workers are certified by the Texas Department of State Health (DSHS).
- Establishing positive, trusting relationships with community residents in or from underserved communities.
- Helping patients/clients, families, and underserved communities overcome barriers in language and culture to better connect to quality health care services and resources.
- Connecting underserved populations to health care services and resources.
- Providing informal counseling, support, and follow-up home visits for patients/patients.
- Aiding in the creation and maintenance of community partnerships, collaborations, programs, and services.
The crisis services department at Clarity Child Guidance Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assess kids who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
A licensed behavioral health professional will complete a full assessment with a focus on safety. After consulting a psychiatrist, they will make a recommendation for services. This recommendation is based on the presenting symptoms and history. The more information you can provide the better!
Click here to learn more about crisis services and inpatient care.
Kids admitted for inpatient treatment generally pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. These kids are experiencing significant, distressing symptoms that require immediate care.
Treatment in our on-campus, inpatient hospital brings kids back to an appropriate level of safety and self-control. The goal is to discharge a child back to their family as quickly as it is safe to do so.
One in Five Minds is our prevention, education, and awareness program at Clarity Child Guidance Center. We provide information and resources to parents, professionals, and the community so families no longer have to struggle with children’s mental illness alone.
Call 911 if your child is experiencing a medical emergency.
Call 210-582-6412 if your child experiencing a mental health emergency.
Our specialists, therapists, and psychiatrists are trained in assisting parents and kids with issues related to mental health, substance abuse, family/relationship issues, and childhood behavioral problems.
A licensed mental health professional will recommend the appropriate services for your child’s age and developmental needs.
The partial hospitalization program (PHP), also known as day treatment, allows children to spend the day receiving care from mental health professionals and then return home during the evening. In PHP, kids who are struggling can get the help they need while minimizing interruptions to their family life.
PHP allows us to observe and understand firsthand the challenges the child is facing. This midground option is also effective for children who have been previously hospitalized and still need close monitoring.
Key facts about PHP:
- Ages: 6 to 17
- The typical stay is 10 to 15 days.
- Treatment is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of child specialists with psychiatry visits several times a week.
Conditions treated by PHP:
- depression and other mood disorders
- anxiety disorders
- separation anxiety
- serious coping problems
- other emotional and behavioral problems
ages: 6 to 17
Most health insurance providers pay for partial treatment; however, you may need to demonstrate that outpatient treatment was tried first.
We accept most commercial insurances, TRICARE, Medicaid, and CHIP. We also have alternative methods to fund a child’s treatment. Our financial representatives work with families to find a way to get their children the help they need.
Click here for more information about payment options.
How to get involved:
- Food for the Soul - There is a reason we say “food is love!” Good food can touch your heart, offer a sense of comfort and remind you that someone cares about you just because. By participating in Food for the Soul, you will provide a meal for our kids staying at Clarity CGC for inpatient psychiatric treatment and our staff that care for them. And who knows, by the end of the meal you might feel the love and joy too!
- Bridge the Gap - Many kids are admitted to Clarity CGC with only the clothes on their backs. You can help Bridge the Gap by organizing a donation drive to collect food, clothing, or hygiene products for kids and families who are struggling with more than just mental illness.
- Be the Link - While everyone must be mindful of who we are around right now, there are still plenty of opportunities to get your friends, family, or organization involved with volunteering at Clarity! Reach out to us to discuss volunteer opportunities and positions around campus.
- Third-party events - Anyone can help transform the lives of the kids struggling with mental illness in our community by hosting a fundraiser for Clarity Child Guidance Center. You can honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion, or host a golf tournament or skeet shoot, or plan a 5k or yard sale! Any number of events can make a huge difference for our kids and their treatment.
Click here if you are interested in getting involved to fill out the Contact Information Form.