History - Clarity Child Guidance Center


Clarity Child Guidance Center was created by the merger of two community nonprofit leaders in children's mental health treatment: Southwest Mental Health Center and Child Guidance Center of San Antonio.

Southwest Mental Health Center
Southwest Mental Health Center's (SMHC) history dates back to 1886 when 13 women founded the organization as a home for destitute children. Over the years, SMHC adapted to meet changing community needs, and in the 1960s, the San Antonio Children's Center (as it was known then) specialized in the treatment of children with behavioral and emotional disorders. Since then, SMHC has evolved into a hospital, diagnostic and treatment center, and an educational training facility.

Child Guidance Center of San Antonio
Child Guidance Center of San Antonio was established in 1956 and has always been committed to identifying and addressing needs quickly, achieving positive results, and providing outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to children seen at the Center, the staff has provided off-site professional services at schools and other social agencies in the community. The Center has also maintained an affiliation with The University of Texas Health Science Center.