School & Family Mental Health

Providing Services for Youth with a Mental Health Diagnosis                REFERRAL FORM


The School Mental Health Program is an early intervention and education program that exists to support and promote the social, emotional, and mental well-being of school-aged children within the school setting. The goal is to help youth feel more competent, confident, and successful in school, at home, and with peers.  Referrals can be made by contacting the SFMH counselor in your school.


Referrals are made by:

  • Parent
  • Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Community Service Provider 

Our School & Family Mental Health Program Provides:

  • Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Family Sessions upon request
  • Skills Training that focuses on healthy coping skills, managing emotions, conflict resolution and other social skills
  • Problem Solving and Support for anxiety, school behaviors, grief, family change, crisis assistance and other issues
  • Resource & Information on parenting issues, school concerns, and mental health information
  • Summer Programming with recreational, social, and educational activities
  • Community Resource and Referral information

“Q & A” about School & Family Mental Health


How long does the School & Family Mental Health Program last? 

Though the needs of each student varies, on average a student may benefit from services from anywhere between 3 months to 2 years.


How long do sessions with the SFMH counselor last? 

Depending on the need, average sessions may last anywhere between 30-90 minutes.


How do I know if the student is making any progress? 

The SMH program utilizes a variety of tools to assess each student’s progress.  The SFMH counselor regularly consults with a team of mental health practitioners to discuss each case.  Additionally, every 3 months, the counselor meets with a qualified mental health professional to review the outlined goals and determine the progress made.  The SFMH counselor also administers two methods of evaluation in 6 month increments (the CASII and SDQ) as requested by the Department of Human Services (State of MN).


Are these services CONFIDENTIAL? 

YES!  These services are confidential.  However, only with parent permission, progress and goals may be shared with the school and/or other community programs.