Program Description:

Project Access aims to create a cohesive system of mental healthcare for underserved students, expanding access to counseling services by connecting social workers and community health providers to youth and families in school. The Project Access team of eight (8) Licensed Professional Counselors provides targeted prevention and intervention services to students struggling with social-emotional and behavioral issues that might otherwise lead to truancy, delinquency, self-harm or violence. This program offers invaluable services to children and families with little access to quality mental health care – providing them with culturally and linguistically appropriate restoration skills to resolve issues that might otherwise continue to affect academic achievement and quality of life. Under the Project Access program, we offer three additional unique programs which provide mental health support to students which are outlined below.

  • CIS-SA also collaborates with community partners concerned with children’s mental health to grow Project Access and increase the number of LPC’s dedicated to specific geographic areas throughout San Antonio. In 2017, CIS-SA partnered with Metro Health in a three-year contract to expand our programs and services. Metro Health currently funds three full-time LPC’s who case manage school-age parents across four San Antonio Independent School Districts in an effort to prevent repeat pregnancies in this vulnerable population.
  • Three CIS staff are trained TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioners. In 2017, CIS-SA received grant funding form the Office of the Governor to train three CIS staff as TBRI Practitioners. TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. CIS-SA also has staff certified to conduct trainings and implement Mental Health First Aid and Restorative Discipline.
  • We employ a full time mental health trainer who provides services including XXXXXXX, XXXX and XXXXX

Program Availability:

All schools who partner with CIS-SA (K-12) can request our Project Access team. Check out the list of schools we serve.

How CIS-SA Students Are Enrolled:

Students and families are screened and referred by the CIS-SA Site Coordinator to a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The LPC completes a psychosocial assessment with parents/guardians and with each student, develops a treatment plan, provides individual and/or family counseling, and coordinates other support services.


To learn more about Project Access, please contact our Director of Programs, Cindy Alvarado at or 210.520.8440 Ext. 242