Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network
One in four individuals will experience a mental health condition during his or her lifetime. Studies show that though African Americans develop mental health conditions at about the same rate as others they are much less likely to seek support and care. While about 40 percent of white Americans seek help when experiencing emotional distress, studies show that only about 25 to 30 percent of African Americans do so.
Following in the footsteps of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, the Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network (4ABHN) was created in 2009 to further strengthen connections and networking opportunities for African Americans who are interested in behavioral health in the Austin area. Composed of behavioral health professionals, people with lived mental and behavioral health experience, youth and their families, faith leaders, and community members, the network identifies and brings together local, recovery-oriented supports.
In particular, the network exists to connect African Americans to services and supports that reflect a deep understanding of their unique challenges navigating a mental health system that was not built with their experience in mind.
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News and Opportunities
Events and trainings, jobs and internships, and funding opportunities related to the mental health and well-being of African Americans in the Austin area.
Save the date for an upcoming virtual event that centers voices of individuals with disabilities and their lived experiences with public safety in Austin.
Join DDCE, Texas Hillel, and the Black-Jewish Alliance for an evening featuring journeys towards friendship, allyship, and mutual compassion and understanding between leaders in the Black and Jewish communities.
(RFI) Request for Information: Improving Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is interested in hearing from all interested parties about the next generation of innovative research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among minority and health disparities populations in the U.S.
Job opportunity for Licensed Professional Counselor / Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and or Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Job opportunities available to improve the lives of people affected by behavioral health and development and/or intellectual disabilities.
Join SAFE’s Black/African American Staff Task Force for two events in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Check out our directory of culturally competent service providers and community-based supports in the Austin area.
|Contact Name/Organization||Contact Email||Contact Number||Scope of Work||Population(s) Served|
|Chaplain Martinfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-619-6950||Spiritual and emotional support||Adults, Family|
|Phoenix House of Texasemail@example.com||512-962-8399||We are a non-profit substance abuse treatment center with in-patient adolescent and outpatient adult and adolescent serv||Children, Adults, Family, Psychiatry, Peer Support|
|The Hope Projectfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-589-9021||I am a LPC with specialty working with youth 10 and older, and adults. My specialty is anxiety, depression, SFT, Couples||Children, Adults|
|Tiffany E. Gillis MA, B.S.||email@example.com||281-787-3739||Experienced Adult, Family, & Community Specialist in the area of Person-Centered and Solution-Focused practices.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Peer Support|
|InSight Psychology and Behavioral Health Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-704-8349||InSight is a dynamic mental health group practice. We offer psychological testing, counseling, workshops and more.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|NAMI Central Texasemail@example.com||512-420-9810||Volunteer-led education and support programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by mental illness.||Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|City of Austin/Health Equity and Community Engagement||Deborah.Duncan@austintexas.gov||512-972-5409||Conduct health education classes on 15 leading causes of death in Travis County in churches, radio, etc.||Children, Adults, Family|
|The Brinkley Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-680-2874||I help professional women overcome overthinking. Specializations: anxiety; depression; ethnic/cultural; life transitions||Adults|
|Debbie Dunmoreemail@example.com||512-786-3384||Population: 15 & up. Issues: anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, & substance use. Accepts insurance & private pay||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|Cedric R. Dunmorefirstname.lastname@example.org||512-786-3384||Specialize in substance use, families reconstruction relate to addiction, and men's issues specific to recovery/reentry||Adults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support|
|ATX Mental Health PLLC.||email@example.com||512-265-6588||Trauma, family, substance abuse, adolescents, anxiety, depression||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|YWCA Greater Austinfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-326-1222||Trauma-informed mental health services, advocacy, and training addressing the impact of oppression, racism, & privilege.||Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|Victoria Dorsey Drewy Professional Counseling Servicesemail@example.com||512-786-5890||Psychotherapy practice||Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|Dana D. Edgerton, M.A., LPC - Solutions Over Stressfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-507-0286||I provide a collaborative environment with clients to help them reach their fullest potential.||Adults, Family|
|The Center For Relationshipsemail@example.com||512-465-2926||We deeply respect clients as resilient, whole humans. We are consciously and deliberately diverse.||Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|Animal-Assisted Therapist, LLCfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-337-9664||Morgan Rupe, M.A., LPC & her therapy dog provide animal-assisted counseling services to children, adolescents, & adults.||Children, Adults|
|Summit Mental Health Clinicemail@example.com||512-732-2122||An outpatient psychiatric clinic for ages 5 to 65 that focuses on patient specific medication management, TMS & Spravato||Children, Adults, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatry|
|Ashley Loganfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-670-8367||Ashley provides brief solution focused, strengthen based tele-health therapy with humor and cultural humility.||Children, Adults, Family|
|Moore Health Solutionsemail@example.com||512-986-7537||Compassionate treatment of mental health and substance use disorders focused on wellness during recovery.||Adults, Substance Use, Psychiatry
|Blanca Sanchez-Navarrofirstname.lastname@example.org||512-981-5738||Passionate Counseling Professional with 30 years of experience with adults from many backgrounds and needs.||Adults, Substance Use|
|Charlotte Caples Consultingemail@example.com||512-689-4271||We help leaders minimize the costs of racism and develop racially equitable and inclusive environments.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support|
|Hand to Holdfirstname.lastname@example.org||713-884-7015||Certified peer mental health specialists supporting families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).||Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|AMEN Program - UT Austin School of Nursingemail@example.com||401-556-1067||We conduct community-engaged research/ programs to promote wellness from a holistic perspective of mind, body and spirit||Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|SIMS Foundationfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-494-1007||SIMS provides mental health/substance use recovery services & supports for all music industry professionals & families.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Psychiatry, Peer Support|
|Holistic Mental Healthemail@example.com||512-562-9117||Holistic Mental Health is the office of board certified integrative child psychiatrist, Nakia Scott, M.D.||Children, Psychiatry|
|Jennifer Frazier, LPCfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-766-1984|| Offering 100% Virtual platform (Telehealth) |
Specialties include: Trauma-Focused, CBT, School and Work-related issues.
|Children, Adults, Family|
|Out Youthemail@example.com||512-529-8888||Out Youth serves the LGBTQIA+ community through individual, group, and family counseling, as well as case management.||Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|Andrea (Lady Felicia) Dotson||Afelitelcm@gmail.com||512-221-9284||I am a Certified Family Partner (Advanced Level) As well I am a Parent Coach.||Adults, Family, Psychiatry, Peer Support|
|SonderMindfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-521-1558||SonderMind matches clients based on need, insurance/payment, location and schedule.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|Damaris Rodriguez-Dell Children's Hospital-Mental Health Unit||DpRodriguez@ascension.org||210-724-1119||Inpatient Hospitalization & Outpatient services: self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, trauma- DBT , CBT, TF-CBT||Children, Psychiatry|
|Tiffany Belfrom, LPC, NCCemail@example.com||512-270-8522||Individual therapy, psychosocial evaluations, ESA letters, and working towards immigration psychosocial evaluations.||Children, Adults, Substance Use|
|Whole Life Priorities, LLCfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-831-7676||Individual, couples and family therapy. We also have a strong focus on adolescents and parent child relations.||Children, Adults, Family|
|Tonya Wright-Hamiltonemail@example.com||940-867-6164||Trauma informed, Image and Identity Issues, Relationships, Anxiety utilizing CBT techniques.||Children, Adults, Family|
|Adolescent Medicine Clinicfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-324-0092||Mia Roldan LCSW, LCDC, is a licensed clinical social worker in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children's.||Children, Adults, Family
|EARTHNIQUE RESOURCES EMPOWERMENT||EARTHNIQUERESOURCES@YAHOO.COM||512-985-0289||Holistic Afrocentric tested method of addressing mental health and substance abuse for optimal success.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatry, Peer Support|
|Valeria E. Milstead-Benabdallah, LCSW, PC dba VEMB Psychotherapy Servicesemail@example.com||405-604-0180||We combine compassion, competence, in-depth clinical & cultural knowledge,|
& evidence-based skills to work ethically
|Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|Ascension Seton Behavioral Health IOPfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-324-2039||A trauma based virtual Intensive Outpatient Program that meets daily, Mon-Fri for 6 weeks. Decreases symptoms of PTSD.||Adults|
|Dr. Calvin Kelly & Associatesemail@example.com||828-231-5986||We offer state of the art mental health counseling services with a specialization in trauma informed treatment.||Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support|
|Out Youthfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-419-1233||Out Youth provides clinical/community services to LGBT+ youth and trans adults.||Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support|
|Wonders & Worriesemail@example.com||512-329-5757||A nonprofit providing free professional support for kids (2-18yrs) who have a parent with a serious, physical illness.||Children, Family|
|Any Baby Canfirstname.lastname@example.org||512-828-9451||Any Baby Can is an agency that improves the lives of lives empowers and strengthens families.||Children, Adults, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Peer Support|
|Black Family Business, LLCemail@example.com||512-766-9470||Therapy: depression/anxiety/trauma/relationship/ transition|
Coaching: help entrepreneurs/leaders heal &write their book
|Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use|
|D Elizabeth Smith LPC||DElizabeth.Smith@yahoo.com||512-417-7166||I am a black LPC serving adult individuals&couples; all ethnicities&faiths with relationship/life transition issues.||Adults|
|The Council on Holistic Healing and Recoveryfirstname.lastname@example.org||713-461-3279||Since 1973 I've treated addiction to alcohol/drugs/prescription drugs, behavioral addictions, PTSD, Trauma, Grief||Adults, Family, Substance Use|
Licensed professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists), consumer and family advocates, and local community providers can be listed as a resource. Submit your information for inclusion in the directory.
Become a Certified Peer Specialist
Receive specialized training to use your own recovery story to help others living with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges.
Central Texas African American Family Support Conference
Strengthen your network of support and learn about available behavioral health services.
Volunteering and Advocacy
The Hogg Foundation believes that people with lived experience of mental health conditions can reshape the mental health system in Texas through volunteerism and advocacy. Consumer-Operated Service Providers (COSPs) like the Austin Area Mental Health Consumers (AAMHC), the Self-Help and Advocacy Center (SHAC) and Austin Clubhouse are independent organizations run by and for individuals in recovery, and are another possibility for African Americans who are interested in joining their own recovery stories with a larger community service mission. We also recommend checking out volunteer opportunities with other mental health related organizations, such as Via Hope, NAMI Austin, Austin State Hospital, Depression and Bipolar Alliance, and Integral Care.
Internship and Supervision
The right internship experience can help aspiring mental health professionals deliver culturally competent care. To learn about internship opportunities or if you are in need of supervised licensure hours, attend the next 4ABHN event or contact Vicky Coffee. Offering an internship or supervision opportunity? Let us know!