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Phoenix Center receives $100,000 grant from health foundation


MARBLE FALLS — An Episcopal Health Foundation grant to the Phoenix Center will help provide free psychiatric care to children in need of such services that might have been previously out of reach if the youth, their families and the center.

The foundation’s $100,000 grant, however, will open quite a few doors for the Phoenix Center and those it serves.

“I created the Phoenix Center because I was passionate about helping children and families who experienced trauma,” said center founder and executive director Sarah Garrett. “Each year, we have steadily grown our services, funding and staff. Receiving this grant from Episcopal Health Foundation is such a wonderful validation of the work we are doing at the Phoenix Center. The additional funds will allow us to further expand our services and reach more children and families.”

The grant will also fund additional mental health services, new technology and software.

Funds from the grant will help support a partnership between the Phoenix Center and local board-certified child psychiatrist Jessica Cayce. Children currently receiving services from the Phoenix Center will now have access to free psychiatric care at Cayce’s office.

Phoenix Center officials said psychiatric care is vital for children who are suicidal or have other significant psychiatric needs. The center’s therapists will collaborate with Cayce to ensure children receive seamless, high-quality care.

“Providing access to affordable, high-quality psychiatric care has always been a long-term goal of the Phoenix Center,” Garrett said. “With the Episcopal Health Foundation grant, we are now able to make this service available to our children and our families at no cost to them.”

The Phoenix Center recently added several new mental health programs to its list of services and will use funds from the grant for these initiatives. New programs include mental health services for youth in the Burnet County Juvenile Justice Department, collaborations with the Marble Falls Head Start Center and music therapy for teenage boys in the Burnet County Juvenile Justice Department.

“I am constantly surprised how quickly our kids feel comfortable opening up with the counselors at the Phoenix Center,” said one Burnet County juvenile probation officer. “To see a child who has faced challenges most adults would have difficulty facing stand a little taller, have pride not only in themselves but in what they can do, gain a stronger sense of self-worth and build confidence in themselves to believe they have the ability to overcome whatever obstacles they may face in life is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.”

The Phoenix Center, which opened in 2007, is committed to meeting the need for high-quality, affordable mental health care for children and families in need. The nonprofit provides innovative, evidence-based care through its community mental health clinic, parenting programs, therapeutic after-school programs and therapeutic summer camps.

The center provides all of its services free to families facing financial challenges. Officials said no child is ever turned away for a lack of funds.

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