CHILDREN'S HEALTH COUNCIL INC

Comprehensive and integrated services for learning differences and mental health. Supporting children, teens, young adults and families.

aka CHC   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  http://www.chconline.org

Mission

Our mission is to transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay. CHC serves youth with Anxiety & Depression, Learning Differences, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders through expert evaluations and therapy, innovative programming, personalized clinical and educational approaches and community education that consider the needs of the whole child and family.

Notes from the nonprofit

“CHC gives hope to families when they think there is nowhere left to turn. It has changed our lives.” —A CHC Parent.

Ruling year info

1954

CEO

Dr. Rosalie Whitlock Ph.D.

Main address

650 Clark Way

Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

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EIN

94-1312311

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learning and mental health challenges for children, teens and young adults are on the rise, resulting in social isolation, stigma and emotional pain and suffering. When left untreated, these conditions can lead to low self-confidence, school failure, anxiety, depression, even suicide. During the pandemic, daily stressors from catastrophic world events, without traditional support systems like peers, teachers, coaches and school and college counselors, lead experts to predict “widespread psychological trauma.” The statistics are staggering. Of the 1 in 5 with learning differences, 40 percent also live with mental health challenges like anxiety or depression. The CDC recently reported that an estimated 63% of young people are suffering significant symptoms of anxiety or depression. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds, according to the CDC.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CHC Clinical Services

CHC provides expert multidisciplinary evaluation, personalized treatment and innovative programs to increase every youngster’s ability to learn and achieve the balance necessary to enhance life experience and improve school performance. CHC specializes in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Dyslexia and other Language-based Learning Differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Clinical Services provides evaluation and therapy services for children, teens and young adults ages 0-25.

In 2016, CHC pioneered a major initiative for Teen Mental Health which has resulted in the Reaching Interpersonal and Self-Effectiveness Intensive Outpatient Program or RISE IOP. A joint program of CHC and Stanford Children's Health, RISE is the only Comprehensive DBT Intensive Outpatient Program in the area for High School Teens with suicidal thoughts or behaviors. The program is a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - based program for teens ages 13-18. One in five teens lives with a mental health condition, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. RISE IOP includes individual and group therapy, multi-family skills groups to help foster positive family relationships, and 24/7 phone coaching for teens with their personal therapist.

Other unique services from CHC include an Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA) for families with a recent early diagnosis of autism. Supportive services are offered at no cost to families after autism diagnosis.

All CHC services include free 30-minute parent consultations, no-cost follow up discussions after an evaluation, and sliding scale financial assistance. CHC is committed to ensuring cost is not a barrier to getting help.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with learning disabilities

Sand Hill School works with children with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences, attention and social challenges and prepares them to transition back to a traditional classroom. Programs emphasize students’ strengths and empower each child to build academic skills and resiliency while developing strong social competencies and a joy for learning. Low student to teacher ratio (6:1) and coordination with CHC therapists, clinicians and specialists create a unique and happy environment for children in grades 2-8. Underscoring CHC’s mission to ensure that cost is not a barrier, the Sand Hill School Scholarship Fund provides substantial support for families requiring tuition assistance.

Sand Hill School at CHC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2019, Sand Hill School received WASC Accreditation through June of 2022. The WASC documentation and accreditation process provides a blueprint and school improvement plan, ensuring continued high-quality education for SHS students.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
Children and youth

One of the most successful programs of its kind, the Esther B. Clark Schools (EBC) at CHC provide transformative education where children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues from public schools can re-engage in learning in a caring, therapeutic day school setting. At EBC, children learn how their brains work and develop the positive behaviors necessary to transition back to a more traditional school setting. Serving students in grades 2-10 from over 60 school districts across five Bay Area counties. The EBC School Fund supports students at both the Palo Alto campus and South Bay location in San Jose.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

Community Connections at CHC is a vast and informative resource providing essential and impactful community education in-person and online. The CHC Online Resource Library is one of the most visited areas on chconline.org. There is increasing demand for CHC’s free education, support groups, and more to help families impacted by mental health and learning challenges. These critical programs serve thousands of families every year by building awareness of the mental health and learning challenges our youth are facing and removing stigma through offering best-in-class education and information to various constituent groups and community members.

Community Connections encompasses three main areas of focus:

Community Engagement: Provides education, shares insight and expertise to build awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental health and learning challenges. This program includes the Voices of Compassion podcast series, online and in-person educational sessions, including panels and discussions led by CHC experts and notable speakers in the field. Community Engagement sessions are made available at no-cost to parents, educators, and professionals involved with kids with ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, depression, and/or autism. Community Engagement also offers free parent support groups facilitated by CHC clinicians and other collaborative groups such as the Mental Health Leadership Collaborative with over 60 community-based organizations and mental health and learning difference experts.

School Engagement: CHC partners with local schools and districts (both public and private) to share resources, add expertise, and help to meet the growing mental health needs of their students. This includes providing free parent education sessions, access to CHC resources including our collaborative groups for School Counselors and Learning Specialists and our parent support groups.

Corporate Engagement: CHC also partners with organizations and corporations so that we can increase service capacity and financial assistance to meet the growing mental health and learning needs of our community’s youth without our corporate partners. In return, CHC delivers customized content, promotion and recognition opportunities, access to our Resource Library and other benefits to their employees.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Since 2014, CHC Ravenswood has served K-12 students, parents/caregivers, teachers/educators, and nonprofit partners in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park through consultations and coaching, workshops and training, case management, student psychoeducational evaluations, and collaborative efforts like the Ravenswood Wellness Partnership. Led by CHC, the Partnership plays an essential role by connecting varied service organizations around the East Palo Alto community ensuring that more services are effectively accessed by those in need. CHC Ravenswood relies 100% on philanthropy, and our support services are available at no cost to Ravenswood schools, families, and children.

In the Ravenswood community of East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, the combination of high mental health needs and low resources has created an inequity with critical needs that remain unmet. This is exponentially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. CHC has been providing extra mental health support to families hit the hardest by COVID—providing psychoeducation and skill-building, and connecting families to local resources for immediate relief. If essential needs are not being met first and foremost, it becomes a barrier to addressing trauma and mental health concerns.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

By 2028, the State of California anticipates a 41% shortfall of psychiatrists. The CHC Stanford Doctoral Internship Program invests in young professionals to stay in California by supporting the doctoral aspirations of mental wellness clinicians like psychiatrists and psychologists. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Children’s Health Council offer a one-year, APA-accredited doctoral internship in clinical psychology with a training focus on clinical child and pediatric psychology. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Children’s Health Council are adjacent institutions that are affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center and are the primary training sites for inpatient and outpatient child psychiatric care.

The goal of the doctoral psychology internship program is to train outstanding future child psychologists and prepare them for entry-level professional practice. Our program aims to prepare advanced doctoral-level students to become leaders in the field of clinical child and pediatric psychology, who will be engaged in clinical practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as advocacy and/or scientific investigation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2018

Awards

School of Excellence Award 2009

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

School of Excellence Award 2008

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

Tall Tree Award: Outstanding Nonprofit Organization 2006

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Understood.org 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with learning disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Esther B. Clark School at Children's Health Council

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students served each fiscal year at Esther B. Clark Schools in Palo Alto & San Jose and Sand Hill School in Palo Alto campus.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents, Parents

Related Program

Community Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants in community education events, support groups, & consultations. Lower number in FY20 reflects the effect of pandemic shelter-in-place order.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Parents, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients served via CHC Clinical Services, Community Connections, EBC Schools , Sand Hill School, ESPA, and CHC Ravenswood. 2019 was the CHC EdRev conference sunset year.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On average, 93-100% of clients and parents are satisfied with services at CHC. Numbers are lower in 2020 due to lower number of clients during pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CHC is a trusted community resource that provides life-changing education and mental health services for children, teens and young adults regardless of language, location or ability to pay. Our aim is to create a healthier, braver and more compassionate world by removing barriers to the education and emotional well-being of our youth. To accomplish this, we must scale sustainably to ensure that our children, grandchildren, and future generations of families with learning and mental health challenges have access to CHC’s unique expertise and approach.

CHC carries out its mission through four strategic goals:

1.) Increase Capacity and Access: CHC and its services are accessible to every young person who needs support for learning differences and/or mental health regardless of language, location or ability to pay. To meet demand and ensure that services are accessible, CHC as an organization is reflective of the community we seek to serve, and its services are accessible for people both live and virtually. CHC extends its clinical and educational expertise through webinars and podcasts that are available to youth and families around the world.

2.) Provide Innovative and Evidence-based Solutions: CHC is best-in-class in adopting new and proven technology solutions for therapy and learning. CHC implements evidence-based research and instructional models in both education and clinical services.

3.) Strengthen Partnerships with Communities: CHC is the partner of choice for communities and community-based organization and is a leader in community education on learning differences and mental health. CHC’s community partnerships effectively broaden reach to under-resourced communities.

4.) Build Lasting Infrastructure: Provide incremental infrastructure and operating support for the needs of an expanded CHC. Over the next two years, CHC will increase its endowment to buffer the organization against economic cycles and to ensure that crucial services and financial aid are always available to our community.


For almost 70 years, CHC has been a place the community turns to for help—our multidisciplinary programs and clinicians are considered best-in-class in the Bay Area and beyond. We have a reputation for excellence, an outstanding brand, and the trust and respect of our community. CHC can be counted on to provide consistent, excellent, affordable and accessible care. We honor the complexity of each child, teen and young adult, offering a comprehensive and personalized team approach. CHC is a fiscally-responsible nonprofit driven by our mission, values and the expressed needs of the community. Our partnerships and strategic agility have helped us leverage our collective impact with other providers and partners such as Stanford Children’s Health, Ravenswood Education Foundation, and Palo Alto Unified School District, collaborating and problem-solving for our community.

Since CHC’s founding by Palo Alto’s first female pediatrician, Dr. Esther B. Clark, in 1953, we’ve helped over one million families. We started with Esther B. Clark School (EBC) and a mental health clinic, added Sand Hill School in 2011, launched the Ravenswood Initiative in 2014 to help under-resourced families, started the Teen Mental Health Initiative in 2016 which expanded our clinical services with proactive solutions for teens, launched RISE Comprehensive DBT Intensive Outpatient Program for Teens in 2017, partnered with Stanford Children’s Health to expand RISE’s capacity in 2018, opened a second EBC School campus in San Jose the same year, established the Ravenswood Wellness Partnership in 2019 with 10+ partners to collaboratively address the needs of the Ravenswood community, have provided hundreds of community education classes at no cost, and provided millions of dollars of financial aid to those in need. Between 2017 and 2020, we’ve increased staff by 33% (more than 50% of our clinical staff is bilingual) allowing us to see many more clients. In addition, we’ve grown agency revenue in order to be able to support this growth and be financially stable. But there is so much more work to be done.

The pandemic tested CHC in more ways than one, and the organization has emerged stronger and more dedicated to its mission. We are poised to take on the shadow pandemic of mental health through increased hiring and services offered both in-person and virtually. Our schools will continue to uniquely serve the needs of students who deal with the double challenges of learning differences and the underlying anxiety and depression they can engender. We will use technology to reach more students and families in more ways - whether through our expanded community education or through new services and offerings. In addition to increased services and partnerships, CHC is committed to working on diversity, equity and inclusion both within the organization and in the context of all our clients and partners. We look forward to serving an increasing number of youth and families with expertise, humility and cultural sensitivity.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHILDREN'S HEALTH COUNCIL INC

Board of directors
as of 04/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Robertson

Managing Director, Versant Ventures

Term: 2018 -

Calla Griffith

Community Volunteer

Elaine Hahn

CHC Secretary, Former Corporate Attorney, Community Volunteer

Rosalie Whitlock

Children's Health Council

Ben Choi

Legacy Venture

Rebecca Robertson

CHC Board Chair, Versant Ventures

Catherine Harvey

CHC Vice Chair, Community Volunteer, Philanthropist

Debra McCall

Audit Partner, Seiler LLP

Julie Terrell Hooper

CHC Vice Chair, Former Business Owner, Former Clinical Services Administrator

Jere Brooks King

CHC Vice Chair, Board Service, Community Volunteer Former Marketing Executive, Cisco Systems, 2015 Stanford DCI Fellow

Mary Jane Elmore

Venture Capital Investor

Steve Heitel

Retired Bank Executive

Nicole Keller

Senior Researcher, Harvard Business School California Research Center

Wendy Kinstler

Community Volunteer

Anne Lawler

Community Volunteer

Edward Levine

M.D., Community Volunteer

Renu Nanda

Executive Director, Ravenswood Education Foundation

Peter Oshman

Community Volunteer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Recording Engineer

Maeve Richard

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SoFi, Inc.

Perri Guthrie

Certified Fine Art Appraiser, Community Volunteer

Stephen Turner

Executive Vice President Oomnitza Software

Amy Kwan

Retired Finance & Operations Executive, Cisco

Michael Kaplan

Managing Director, Altos Health

Melinda Osterloh

Community Volunteer

Shami Ravi

Community Volunteer

Kim Roberts

Chief of Staff, Google

Lori Castellucci

Auxiliary Co-President

Gail Drewes

Auxiliary Co-President

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.