About Triad's Services

What is Triad?

The goal of the Triad program is to ensure youth and their family’s access to intensive residential mental health treatment to enhance a youth’s functioning so they can return to the community with the tools they need to be successful.

Part of the Travis County System of Care

The Triad program is a part of the continuum of care for youth and their families provided by the Travis County System of Care. Triad brings together representatives from the traditional child-serving agencies: Child Protection, Juvenile Probation Department, Austin Travis County Integral Care and the larger community to facilitate placement for youth who are experiencing severe mental health challenges that cannot be safely managed in the community.

What services does Triad provide?

The Triad Coordinator partners with the youth and their family to locate the most appropriate treatment option. Once a youth is placed outside of the home, the Triad program provides ongoing support and specialized services for the duration of the placement. The Triad Coordinator specializes in collaborating with the family, the community, and the facility to formulate an individualized transitional plan for those youth who are returning to the community after a Triad facilitated placement. Upon discharge from placement all youth and their families are eligible for the wraparound process through The Children’s Partnership. The average length of involvement for the placement, discharge and transition process is 9-12 months for the youth and their families.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the Triad program?

The Triad program serves youth between the ages of 8 to 17 who require out of home placement to ensure their safety and emotional well-being. The youth must be a resident of Travis County, have current or past involvement in at least two of these agencies: Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, Child Protection Services, and/or Austin Travis County Integral Care and the family must be within 200% of FPL. The Triad program does not serve youth who are adjudicated by TCJPD and/or are in the legal custody of CPS at the time of referral.

How to Apply

How does a family access the Triad program?

A referral is made to Community Partners for Children (CPC). The family and referring entity attend the CPC meeting and in partnership with the family a plan is developed that will provide support to the youth and family. The plan may involve the Triad program, as well as, other community supports and services. The Triad program is utilized as a “last resort” option when a youth is not able to remain stable and safe in the community despite the use of a variety of supports and interventions. Contact the CPC Coordinator/Intake Specialist at (512) 854-4100 to facilitate the CPC referral process.