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School-Based Consultation

School-based consultation clinicians are in schools to help with the emotional and behavioral needs of students, parents, teachers and the community. Although school-based consultation has been in existence for the more than 20 years, the program is becoming a more viable option for families.

Mental health is a big issue in schools. School-based clinicians are on-site and are able to help a student or teacher immediately. Students who are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues are affected academically and socially.

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School-based behavioral health services

School-based consultation services include behavioral health screening and referral, crisis intervention, brief skill building, community linkage, referrals and coordination, parent/guardian engagement/education, CARE team meetings and diagnostic and treatment services.

Behavioral Health Screening and Referral –

Screening occurs of an identified individual once they are referred by school staff/Care Team due to a suspected mental health or substance use concern. Once permission from a parent/guardian is obtained, the clinician will screen for identified behavioral health concerns and make the appropriate referrals such as immediate crisis intervention, prevention services, or treatment services. Treatment services shall include school-based services, office-based, or home-based services and shall be based on the student/family need and be determined based on appropriate level of care.

Crisis Intervention (Suicide/Self Harm/Harm to Others Risk Assessment and Intervention

Students referred by school staff (in coordination with school district’s crisis plan) will be assessed using the CSSR-S or the identified assessment for risk to others, and then address imminent issues that necessitate behavioral health intervention and referrals such as recent exposure to a traumatic event, suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviors, and aggressive/violent behaviors.  Parent/guardian involvement is to be obtained as soon as possible during the course of the crisis intervention, either by school staff or the behavioral health professional.

Brief Skill Building

This service occurs upon a referral by school staff.  This service shall be a brief intervention to assist an individual youth to identify how situations, thoughts, and behaviors influence emotions; or supporting development of a specific skill. Permission for this service shall be obtained by parent/guardian.

Linkages/Referrals/Coordination/Education

C&A clinicians can provide school or community resources, including behavioral health resources to a student, parent/guardian, families, or to school staff.  This can include coordination of care, including students and families that are engaged in services and systems within and outside of the school building. Clinicians can provide engagement strategies, support and education to parents/guardians to promote and strengthen family involvement and family protective factors/assets and to reduce stigma related to behavioral health services.  Providing or connecting parents/guardians to parenting support and educational resources that are available through the school building, neighborhood, Early Childhood Resource Center, National Alliance Mental Illness and/or available evidence-based groups such as Incredible Years and Dina Parent Component.  This can also include attendance at school building open houses  and home visits.

CARE team meetings and other school-based care coordination meetings (Consultation)

C&A clinicians participate in CARE Teams, MFE, IAT, ISP/IEP, or other school-based care coordination meetings for purposes of coordinating and planning appropriate services and supports for a specific student at risk, and his/her and family, and providing progress reports/updates.

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How are school-based referrals made?
School-based clinicians establish relationships with their school through CARE teams. CARE teams are made up of a teacher from each grade level, the principal, school counselor and clinician. In these CARE team meetings, students are often identified as kids to monitor for behavioral and emotional issues. If anyone on the CARE team feels consultation services are warranted, a phone call will be made home to the parent or legal guardian. If the family is open to consultation, and the parent gives consent and signs the necessary paperwork, a student may be seen during the school day for up to 180 minutes during the school year.  The goal of consultation is to link that child to the appropriate services.

School-based consultative services as well as treatment are a more feasible option for some families for multiple reasons. Those reasons include the child is getting help during the school day; a more convenient time for families versus an evening appointment; clinicians are there in the moment of the crisis situation and can provide immediate help; and can be a safety-net for students to speak with someone. Students receiving services are from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Part of school-based therapy is being as discreet as possible and protecting the privacy of the student/family. Communication is a top priority between the school, family and student as how the student is released from the classroom/lunchroom to receive help at school.

Do clinicians see clients during breaks?When school is out during winter, spring and summer vacations, clinicians still see clients. Clinicians are encouraged to keep in contact with the parent; home visits; and perhaps seeing the child at the school. This time is also used for family sessions. Consultation ends when the school year ends.

What school districts do we cover?
C&A is under contact through Stark Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (SMHAR) with eight of the 17 Stark County school districts – Alliance, Canton and Massillon city schools and Lake, Marlington, Plain, Sandy Valley and Tuslaw local schools. We will have clinicians in 50 school buildings.

 

 

Kim Cernansky
Program Manager

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Meet The Staff

Sharon Nunn (3.5x4)
Bill Anderson (3.5x4)
Joey Ashley (3.5x4)
Maggie Bockoven (3.5x4)

Sharon Nunn Alexander,
MSW, LSW, CDCA
Canton City

Bill Anderson
MA, LPC

Canton City
Massillon City

Joey Ashley
MSSA, LSW, CCTP, CDCA

Canton City

Maggie Bockoven
MA, LPCC

Plain Local

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Rebecca - Lake (3.5x4)
Linda Clark - Canton City (3.5x4)
Taylor Clay - Lake (3.5 x 4)

Kim Cernansky
MSSA, LISW-S
Marlington Local

Rebecca Chajkowski
MA
Lake Local

Linda Clark
MA, LPPC-S

Canton City
Plain Local

Taylor Clay
MA, LPC
Lake Local

Michael Conrad - GlenOak (3.5x4)
D'Antonio GlenOak (3.5x4)
Mary Ellen David 3.5x4
Margaret Evans - Canton City (3.5x4)

Michael Conrad
MA, LPCC
Plain Local

Anthony D'Antonio
MA, LPC
Plain Local

Mary Ellen David
MA, LSW
Canton City

Margaret Evans
MSSA
Canton City

Jodi Fellers - Marlington (3.5x4)
Joesph Fisher - Massillon(3.5x4)
Rachel Gombash - Alliance (3.5x4)
Cary Hasselbacher - Plain (3.5 x 4)

Jodi Fellers
MA, LPC
Marlington Local

Joseph Fisher
MA, LPC
Massillon City

Rachel Gombash
MA, LPC
Alliance City

Cary Hasselbacher
Plain Local

Megan Huston (3.5x4)
Kayla Johnson - Alliance (3.5x4)
Jordan Kester - Plain (3.5x4)
Christina Kolb 3.5x4

Megan Huston
MA, LPC, CDCA
Canton City

Kayla Johnson
MA, LISW
Alliance City

Jordan Kester
MA, LPC, CDCA

Plain Local

Christina
Aguirre-Kolb

MS
Canton City

Jessica Kurz Alliance (3.5x4)
Ashlie Lamp - Massillon (3.5x4)
Katie LaBar - Alliance (3.5x4)
Ashlen Mitchell (3.5x4)

Jessica Kurz
MSW, LSW
Alliance City

Ashlie Lamp
MSSA, LSW
Massillon City

Katie LaBar
MA, LPC, CDCA

Alliance City
Plain Local

Ashlen Mitchell
MA
Marlington Local

Tiffany 3.5x4
Rosina Moio Alliance and Canton (3.5x4)
Amanda Pierce - Massillon (3.5x4)
Michele Rankin 3.5x 4

Tiffany Msafiri
MA, LPC

Canton City
Plain Local

Rosina Muoio
MA, LPC

Alliance City
Canton City

Amanda Pierce
LISW
Massillon City

Michelle Rankin
MA, LPPC-S
Plain Local

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Rori Schneller (3.5 x 4)
Mary Seaman - Canton City (3.5x4)
Shaunaugh Turner - Canton (3.5x4)

Caitlin Schneider
MA
Canton City

Rori Schneller
MSW, LISW, CDCA
Sandy Valley

Mary Seaman
MA, LPPC
Canton City

Shaunaugh Turner
MA, LISW
Canton City 

Lindsay Wootten3.5x4

Lindsay Wootten
MA, AT, LPC

Alliance City