School-Based Mental Health Services

The Center for Prevention Programs places school-based mental health therapists in a consortium of 15 high-need schools. As a result of the federally funded Spokane Spirit grant (U.S. Department of Education; Project Prevent), students receive continuous mental health counseling, referrals and educational services. In addition, school staff in recipient schools receive PBIS, complex trauma, ASCA and other training.

Mental HealthThe mental health therapists (photo) working within the 15 high-need schools in the Cheney, Medical Lake, Riverside and West Valley school districts conduct mental health assessments, create multi-disciplinary teams to develop individual plans for each child, promote services to students and families, provide crisis intervention and stress management services, refer students and families to community resources, and provide parenting education.

In addition, they also provide mental health education to staff, plan and implement social skills activities with students, including school wide programs that promote a safe and healthy school climate which fosters academic success.

Program goals:

  • Decrease school discipline referrals and suspensions by 10% annually.

  • Increase students receiving school and community mental health services by 10% annually.
  • Increase student engagement in school by 10% annually.

Resources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samhsa.gov/

Students Mastering Important Lifeskills Education (SMILE): http://www.smilelifework.org/node/4

Contacts:

Mental Health

Mona Griffin
Director
(509) 789-3585
rgriffin@esd101.net