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Baylor College of Medicine Partnership

Crime Stoppers of Houston’s Safe School Institute has been offering prevention education in schools since 2013. In 2018, we partnered with Mental Health of West Michigan – be nice., to bring mental health education to students, school staff and parents.

Mental health is the foundation of school safety education and we have seen an incredible response from our audiences when provided with this life-saving information. Mental health is a huge area of concern with an increased number of crisis tips coming into our Tip Line, Crime Stoppers aims to provide a solution for these situations by providing families services and/or resources. We are so thankful for Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and their clinical psychologists who have offered to be part of the solution.

BCM has many studies that help kids/adults ranging from 7-20 years old to treat anxiety, trauma, depression, OCD, and more mental illnesses. They are kind enough to share this information with us so that we can help any student at any school feel like they are receiving the care they deserve. Crime Stoppers can now direct and refer students to BCM for screening and treatment. We are thrilled to partner with BCM so that together we can meet a critical and time sensitive need in the community.

Available Resources

BCM is offering FREE treatment and FREE assessments via mental health studies. Free treatment for kids with depression/anxiety (as well as autistic children with depression and/or anxiety), OCD, and trauma. The treatment and assessments are all virtual.

HAABIT: HAABIT is a research study at Baylor College of Medicine that provides free virtual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for autistic teens aged 12-17 who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The treatment involves 10 weeks of weekly therapy tailored for autism and three assessments, for which you will be compensated up to $300. There is no cost to participate in the study.

POWER: POWER is a research study at Baylor College of Medicine that provides free cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth aged 7-17 with obsessive-compulsive disorder who are taking OCD medication. The goal of the study is to determine whether CBT can be helpful to discontinue OCD medication without relapse over 24 weeks. The CBT sessions will be virtual, and there will be 4 in-person assessments throughout the study.

CONSORTIUM PROJECTS: We are actively recruiting for 2 separate networks – the Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network (YDSRN) and the Childhood Trauma Research Network (CTRN). We are recruiting children aged 8-20 who have dealt with depression, suicidality, and/or trauma to take part in a 2-year study that involves completing virtual assessments and questionnaires in a measurement-based care approach. Compensation is $475 (YDSRN) or $400 (CTRN) depending on the study. 

ACES: This Baylor College of Medicine Study uses advanced computer technology to examine language use and facial expressions in adolescents who are anxious, depressed, and/or autistic. Through collaboration with our partners at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this research will help us develop better diagnostic tools and learn more about how kids communicate.  During a single research visit, participants will be given a general psychological assessment and have casual conversations in front of a camera. We are recruiting participants between ages 12-17, both with and without mental health diagnosis. This study is eligible for compensation and volunteer hours. 

TEXAS CHILD MENTAL HEALTH CARE CONSORTIUM RESEARCH: Screens children/adults ages 8-20 years old for depression and suicidal thoughts to participate in a behavioral study.

COSMOS: Project examining children experiencing anxiety

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