School-Based Therapy for Children and Teens in Select Schools Across the Northeast St. Paul Metro
Our School-Based Mental Health services offer youth the benefits of developmentally-targeted therapy in a school setting where they have the greatest opportunity to regularly access the help they need and receive support when in crisis.
To further reduce barriers to care, we ensure youth can access these trauma-informed and culturally-responsive services on a sliding fee-scale.
Staff provide individual and group therapy to address issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and other concerns to elementary, middle, and high school youth in 12 schools across the Mounds View, Roseville, St. Anthony-New Brighton and White Bear Lake school districts.
While our therapists collaborate with school staff to support their clients’ mental health needs in the classroom, they also serve as a resource for schools, sharing their expertise while helping staff attend to the mental health needs of the school as a whole. This helps create better social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students, teachers, and schools.
How can I get help for my child?
Step 1: Contact Your School Student Support Staff
Contact a student support staff member at your school and ask to start services with NYFS. Your contact may vary from school to school and could be a guidance counselor, dean of students, school social worker, or other support specialist.
Step 2: School Staff Contacts Us
The student support staff member will forward your request to our Client Service Coordinator.
Step 3: We Contact You to Discuss Your Child’s Needs
Our Client Services Coordinator will contact you to identify services requested and review insurance and/or payment assistance options.
Step 4: Our Team Puts Together a Plan
Our team will meet to connect you with a therapist who is a good fit for your goals and needs. Meetings are held weekly and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Step 5: We Schedule Your First Meeting
A Client Services Coordinator will contact you to schedule your child’s first meeting with their therapist. You have the option to complete the intake forms before this visit or complete them with the therapist at your first meeting. You will also receive directions to our in-school clinic locations or information on how to access the telehealth option.
Step 6: Your Child or Teen Attends Their First Meeting
During this first meeting, your child’s therapist will get to know them, understand or identify their goals, discuss challenges, ask about life experiences, and start making plans to meet goals.
“The problems we are seeing are greater in both number and intensity. There are more students who are struggling with their mental health, and because there are more needs across the whole system of care, we are filing a gap for youth who actually need a higher level of care.”Steven Lutes, School-Based Mental Health Programs Manager