The Children's Partnership

Serving Travis County Families since 1998

About Us



Since 1998, The Children's Partnership unites and coordinates resouces to maintain a System of Care in Travis County - a system that works hand-in-hand with families, focusing on the strengths of each child and embracing the values and culture of each family. Parents and families are acknowledged as experts in their child's life. Staff members, families and providers create a Wraparound Plan for each individual child and youth, addressing his or her unique circumstances. 



The Children's Partnership unites resources so children with complex needs can live successfully with their families in the community. 


The Children's Partnership

  • Create a multi-agency team process that identifies children's mental health care needs and coordinates funding.
  • Use a family driven, youth guided, culturally competent, community based approach to care for assisting children and youth with mental health care needs and their families 
  • Use individualized planning and non-traditional, community based services for children involved in The Children's Partnership  
  • Provide assessment tools to determine a child's service needs based on empirical data  
  • Decrease duplication of services between child and youth serving systems 
  • Provide a pre- and post- placement system of care based on a nationally recognized model of service delivery (the Wraparound process) to children and youth with complex needs 
  • Provide families access to a provider network comprised of county-wide agencies, individuals and organizations that offer traditional and non-traditional services
  • Provide evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of services provided and funded with public revenue 
  • Use one management structure and efficient care coordination strategies to integrate revenue and enable public funds to go further (federal, state and local). 

Our Services

Eligibility Criteria

  • Travis County resident
  • Ages 5-17
  • Experiencing serious problems in functioning in at least two domains: personal, family/home, school and/or community. 
  • Child/Youth must have a mental health diagnosis or reason to believe there is an underlying mental health diagnosis, and the diagnosis must be available within 30 days of enrollment. 
  • Must have multi-system involvement 
  • At risk of out-of-home placement due to psychiatric need. 

Referral Process

Referrals to The Children's Partnership are received through the Community Partners for Children community meeting 

Community Partners for Children (CPC) is a community meeting that is a single-place for collaboration for children and youth with complex needs and their families. 

For More Information contact: 

Contact Susie Kirk @ 512-854-4868 

  • If you represent a public child serving agency such as Integral Care, Department of State Health Services, etc.
  • If you represent an independent school district such as Austin, Manor, Pflugerville, Del Valle, Lake Travis and Eanes, or Charter 
  • If you are a parent/guardian.
  • If you represent a non-profit agency
  • If you are a Child Protective Service Caseworker. 

Contact Julia Subervi @ 512-854-5619  

  •  If you are a Travis County Juvenile Probation Department Officer


Services Include: 

  • Flexible Support
  • Behavioral Health
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Education

Mental Health Facts

What We Know..


  • Mental health concerns in children are not uncommon. 30% of infants and young children in Texas are at moderate or high risk for developmental or behavioral problems, which is higher than the national average of 26%, according to Zero to Three State Baby Facts: Texas 2015 Results. 
  • According to Texas Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System 2015 results nearly 1 in 4 students reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for a two week period. 
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department (2016-2017 Legislative Appropriations Request) sited that 1in 3 youth committed to the care of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department had a serious mental health condition.

What We Also Know..


People Can Help!!

  • Mental Health First Aid training is available in communities across Texas to help community members know how to recognize when someone may be in crisis and know what they can do to assis them. 
  • Community mental health centers help link people to treatment and supports. 
  • Certified Family Partners are trained professionals with lived experience raising their own children with mental health challenges who help to guide and support families in accessing services and supports. 

 Treatment Works!!

  • SAMHSA reports in a 2014 report to Congress that providing children with serious emotional disturbances comprehensive community mental health services reduced costs of inpatient hospitilization by more than 50% and reduced costs of juvenile arrests by 45%
  • SAMHSA also reports that when children with serious emotional disturbance receive comprehensive community mental health services, they show steady improvement in their behavioral and emotional symptoms, including decreased levels of anxiety, depression, aggression, and suicidal thoughts and attempts. Parents of children receiving treatment also report lower levels of parental stress. 

TCP's Successful Outcomes

Improved School Attendance

Stability and/or improvement in school attendance. 

57% of children and youth maintained or improved their School Attendance. 

Increased Self-sufficiency and Stability

57% of children, youth and families demonstrated an increase in self-sufficiency by exiting the program due to family choice or having achieved their goals. 

78% of children and youth were able to successfully remain at home with parents or extended family members. 

Increased Safety

Decreased participation in delinquent behavior. 

74% of children and youth reduced their participation in delinquent behavior

Our Partners

Thank you!

  • Community Resource Coordination Group (Community Partners for Children/CPC) 
  • Integral Care
  • Travis County Juvenile Probation Department 
  • Travis County Health and Human Services 
  • Region VII Department of Family and Protective Services 
  • Austin Independent School District
  • Del Valle Independent School District
  • Manor Independent School District
  • Pflugerville Independent School District

Contact Us

For More Information, please contact:

Sonia Hartman - System of Care Manager

Christinia Kuehn, Social Services Program Administrator

The Childrens Partnership

(512) 440-4039


Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00