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What is School-Linked Mental Health?

St. Francis Area Schools is partnering with Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being (LCC) to provide mental health services for children and families within the school building. Providing therapy within the schools improves student outcomes and helps reduce the stigma sometimes attached with mental health. The school setting is convenient and accessible for families to get their children to appointments, while providing consistency for collaboration between families, teachers and therapist. Services can be provided before, after or during school and may include:

  • mental health assessments and referrals
  • individual, group and/or family therapy
  • resources to help youth develop daily living and social skills
  • assistance for families to help them understand and better navigate the mental health system
  • collaboration between LCC staff and school based teams
  • peer support groups
  • psychoeducation (therapeutic intervention that provides information and support to better understand and cope with illness)

School-Linked Mental Health is not a replacement for the student support staff the school district already has in place (counselors, social workers, psychologists, etc.). By partnering with LCC, we are offering an additional layer of intense mental health support to our students with the most significant mental health needs. 

Parents may contact school staff and/or LCC therapists to learn more or to begin the intake process. LCC can be reached via phone at 763-780-3036. 

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