The Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network (4ABHN) is a group of individuals interested in the behavioral health and wellness of African Americans in the Austin area. For more information about the network, visit the About Us page. 

Even in a large city, finding the right behavioral health (mental health and substance use) services and supports can be extremely challenging. For African-Americans, who may also desire culturally competent providers with a heightened awareness about their particular needs and concerns, the challenge can be even more daunting. 

We created this website as a way for African Americans in the Austin area who are interested in behavioral health issues, or in finding behavioral health services, to find one another. Our goal is for this site to blossom into a useful resource OF, BY, and FOR the community. 

What Can I Find On This Site?

  • A Resource Directory for individuals living with behavioral health conditions and their family members to have access to a listing of culturally competent service providers and community-based supports in the Austin area. The Resource Directory is also where licensed professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) consumer and family advocates and local community providers can join 4ABHN and be listed as a resource.

  • Information regarding internship and volunteer opportunities for students in higher education, with links to organizations that advocate on behalf of persons living with behavioral health conditions.  

  • News related to African American behavioral health, wellness and recovery, as well as information regarding professional opportunities and trainings.

  • Information on peer certification opportunities.

 

Currently, the 4ABHN website and resources listed in the Resource Directory are focused on the Austin area and surrounding counties. In addition, we have included some general information about behavioral health services and supports in Texas.

We welcome your feedback! Please contact Ike Evans, public affairs specialist at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, at imani.evans@austin.utexas.edu if you have any questions or comments about the site. Please contact Vicky Coffee-Fletcher at vicky.coffee-fletcher@austin.utexas.edu regarding questions about 4ABHN.