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Join the SIMS Provider Network

Mental health professionals who join the SIMS Provider Network play a vital role in supporting the mental well-being of the Central Texas music community. SIMS providers have the opportunity to work with clients whose lives in the music industry come with unique sets of challenges. SIMS partners with over 130 licensed mental health professionals in private practice in Central Texas.

“Working with the Austin music community has been an incredible experience, and a true gift to me as a provider. I believe helping musicians heal gives voice to their music, which in turn, heals the hearts of so many and keeps the soul of Austin’s community alive and thriving.”

– Mary Combs, SIMS Provider Network member since 1998

Provider requirements

SIMS clinical staff work closely with our providers to manage the care of our clients. Providers are located all over Central Texas and are carefully selected by clinical staff to ensure that we offer a wide range of services, treatment modalities, and cultural competence.

Providers see clients in their own offices and schedule their own sessions. The SIMS Provider Network is made up of psychologists, psychiatrists,LPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and LCDCs.

Providers must:

  • be fully licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners for the profession(s) in which they are licensed, and must submit proof of licensure;
  • maintain and provide proof of professional licensure on an annual basis;
  • maintain professional liability insurance at all times, provide SIMS with proof of current insurance prior to admission, and provide proof again on an annual basis;
  • sign and return the SIMS Counseling and Psychiatry Provider Agreement at the time of admission and at the time of any major change in SIMS Policies and Procedures;
  • have an email account at which you receive client identifying information, notices and requests from SIMS staff;
  • agree to use the SIMS Client Information System (Apricot) for real time data entry, timely authorization, re-enrollment, and prompt and accurate payment;
  • attend a minimum of two Provider Network Meetings per year; and,
  • act as independent contractors. Providers are not employees of SIMS Foundation.

Provider benefits:

In return for your philanthropy to the Central Texas music community, SIMS Network Providers receive:

  • prompt payment of claims using an easy online billing system;
  • public acknowledgement on the SIMS website;
  • two free CEU’s each year;
  • the option to participate in a monthly peer-to-peer consultation group; and,
  • the opportunity to attend special music events as a guest of SIMS.

SIMS is always accepting new applications for the SIMS Provider Network. We maintain a waiting list and fill positions as needed. If you have additional questions before applying to be a SIMS Network Provider, please call us at 512-494-1007.

SIMS is not a 24-Hour crisis line. If you are in crisis, please call 512-472-HELP or 911.

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