District Mental Health Staff
The goal of district mental health staff is to partner directly with families, educators, students, and our communities to address and overcome barriers to academic achievement at the post-secondary level. Ultimately this partnership provides the necessary support and guidance that are essential to academic success and sound life decisions.
Mental health professionals are licensed and trained to provide support and interventions to students and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis.
They do this by providing individual, small group and family support. Sessions focus on:
- Improving social, emotional and academic functioning
- Positive reinforcement
- Behavior modification
- Specific skill development
- Building trusting connections with each student and their family
- Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
- Help students and their families meet basic needs and overcome barriers to education
Please note that mental health staff placements are created around the ever-changing and unique needs of each school and may vary throughout the year and at each site. Please contact your student's school for more information.
Please refer to the resources on this page for assistance in dealing with mental health needs. You are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor, social worker, nurse or psychologist for additional support if needed.
Worried about your mental health:
- Dakota County Crisis Response: Call 952-891-7171
- National Crisis Text Line: Text SCHOOL to 741741
- Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988