MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA RESOURCE GUIDE
Children, Adolescent, and Teen Behavioral Health Services
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Regular exercise is a critical component of physical fitness—it not only helps keep one’s body strong and flexible; it also contributes to one’s sense of emotional and mental well-being by acting as a stress-reliever.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
Proper nutrition and regular exercise contribute greatly to a healthy lifestyle—but they don’t tell the entire story.
Other factors that can deeply affect students’ sense of well-being include: emotional problems, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, pregnancy, illness, disease, and other issues.
Find assistance in these areas in the following ways:
- Accident Insurance—By law, public schools are not liable for injuries that students suffer while on campus. Parents can buy full-time coverage (24 hours per day) or coverage only for those hours when their child is at school. Enrollment information is available through Texas Kids First (1-800-388-5620 or www.texaskidsfirst.com).
- Community Services—Often referred to as “the school without walls,” this program serves students in places other than the regular classroom setting, such as those obtaining treatment in the Texas Medical Center for chronic illnesses or those who are home-bound with severe injuries. Call Community Services at 713-967-5285 for details.
- Counseling & Guidance—A variety of comprehensive programs are available to help students grow personally and academically. Additional information about these programs is available in the resources section on this website. Mental Health resources may also be found at https://mhahouston.org/mental-health-resources/.
- Health Insurance—Access to healthcare providers often starts with access to affordable health insurance such as, the Children’s Defense Fund to ensure that every uninsured child is enrolled in Children’s Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program through the 100% Campaign.
Useful Links to Support Learning
HOMELESS & FOSTER CARE
- Helping Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Access College Financial Aid
- Unaccompanied Youth
- Determining Eligibility
- Foster and Substitute Care
- USDE Letter
- LGBTQ Best Practices
- Immigrant Youth (NAEHCY)
- Immigrant Youth Fact Sheet
- HISD Community Resource Guide
- Texas Homeless Education Office
- National Assosciation for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
- National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NCLHP)
- CHIP/Children’s Medicaid
- Region 10 – McKinney-Vento/Homeless Education
- Community Youth Services Resource Directory for Harris County