School-Linked Mental Health Services

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School-Linked Mental Health Services
People Incorporated
5555 Boone Ave N
New Hope, MN 55428

Phone: 763-331-3033

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People Incorporated’s School-Linked Mental Health Services program, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, provides on-site mental health services to students who would otherwise not be able to access these services in the community.

Services offered

  • Identification of children with mental health needs
  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Mental health screenings
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Consultation with parents and teachers
  • Training for parents and academic staff around mental health symptoms and strategies for support
  • Care coordination and collaboration with community based mental health care providers and other healthcare professionals
  • Facilitation of community-based referrals when appropriate and necessary

Who we serve

We serve students attending selected schools within the following school districts:

  • Robbinsdale School District 281
  • Osseo Area School District 279
  • Intermediate School District 287
  • Anoka Hennepin School District 11

About the process

  • School staff may make a referral to the therapist upon approval from the child’s parent or legal guardian.
  • Parents of a child with mental health concerns may contact the on-site school-linked therapist directly or speak with the child’s teacher/counselor to make a referral to the therapist. The school-linked therapist will coordinate the referral with school staff to determine eligibility.
  • Services are intended for students who have been unable to access mental health resources in the community.
  • Services require a face-to-face intake meeting to complete the intake assessment and paperwork process.

Benefits of School-Linked Mental Health Services

  • Increased access to therapy services and therapist due to on-site availability
  • Earlier identification of mental health symptoms
  • Increased ability to address and improve a child’s emotional and behavioral functioning across settings
  • Ability to assist a child in making progress on treatment goals in the academic setting
  • Ability to provide a comprehensive and flexible set of services to meet a child and family’s unique needs
  • Reduced stigma around mental health services
  • Services are outcome-focused and attempt to measure success through a child’s progress on treatment plan goals and success at home and school
  • Ability to provide academic staff with  increased support for and understanding of mental health needs