The Family Partnership provides school-based therapy to help alleviate access barriers to students from preschool to transitional/GED programs (birth through 21 years old). We provide high-quality therapy and diagnostic assessment where it is most accessible for students – in the schools. Common issues addressed include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Autism, behavioral difficulties, and various mental health-related issues.

Who We Are

Our School Linked Mental Health (SLMH) staff is made up of Master’s level social work clinicians, licensed marriage and family therapists, and counseling psychologists. We use a number of strategies, including trauma-focused care, family systems, cognitive behavioral methods, and systems approach. We also partner with parents, school staff and community workers from various agencies and systems.

What We Do

  • SLMH accepts referrals from parents, school staff and clients themselves who are looking for help in addressing possible mental health concerns in the school setting. In most cases, any student(s) displaying any type of mental health concerns can be referred. These mental health concerns include: depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulty adjusting to changes, difficulties with motivation and grades, and social difficulties. We can also help to address other concerns impacting students’ overall behavior and/or well being.
  • Our staff work directly in the school to help improve access to students and to make scheduling easier. We work closely with school staff to ensure that appointment times do not interfere with students’ overall learning.
  • Our ability to work directly within the school setting improves the communication and partnership between our staff and the school staff when it comes to implementing strategies and interventions to support students struggling with mental health concerns.
  • Our staff is also available during the summer months to meet at one of The Family Partnership sites, at the school during summer school hours, or at the home, if needed.

Why SLMH is Needed

  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 21.4 % of youth ages 13-18 will struggle with a mental health need. Due to life stresses, this number increases for youth living in areas of higher poverty.
  • According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, in Minnesota in 2012-2013 51.2% of children suffering with depression did not receive treatment.
  • Often times, despite having health care coverage, families struggle with a number of barriers, including transportation, finding time in very busy schedules, and limited supports and open therapy appointment times during non-school hours. Having an experienced therapist based right in the school helps to eliminate these barriers and increases treatment rates.

Who is Eligible

Any student who displays any type of mental health concern and/or has been diagnosed with a mental health condition is eligible for services provided by The Family Partnership SLMH program.

What is the Cost

  • There is no out-of-pocket cost for individuals and families and no one will be turned away from services based on lack of insurance.
  • Coverage for non-insured clients and deductibles are provided by a SLMH grant through the Department of Human Services.
  • The Family Partnership also utilizes funds provided by the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, which covers costs for those clients under the age of 18 who live in Hennepin County AND are uninsured.
  • Diagnostic assessments are provided for the family free of charge.
  • The Family Partnership will bill insurance when applicable.

Who to Contact

For more information, please contact Eve Toomey, Clinical Supervisor for School Linked Mental Health at The Family Partnership by phone at 763.600.4702 or by email at etoomey@thefamilypartnership.org.

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