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School-Linked Mental Health

St. Francis Area Schools is partnering with Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being to provide mental health services for students and their 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 students develop daily living and social skills
  • assistance for families to help them understand and better navigate the mental health system
  • collaboration between Lee Carlson Center staff and school-based support teams
  • peer support groups
  • psychoeducation
    (therapeutic intervention that provides information and support to better understand and cope with illness)

School-linked mental health services provided by the Lee Carlson Center are not a replacement for student support staff already in place in the school district (school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and so on). By partnering with Lee Carlson Center, the school district can offer an additional layer of intense mental health support to students with the most significant mental health needs. 

Parents may contact school staff and/or Lee Carlson Center therapists to learn more. To contact the Lee Carlson Center, call 763-780-3036.