Services available to
students and families
Services available for
Vision: To support a school environment in which
all children are emotionally prepared and ready to learn.
Mission: To ensure all children have access to comprehensive
mental health services and
supports from prevention through intervention and families are
supported in the process.
Integrated Mental Health (IMH) Services
Integrated Mental Health (IMH) Services are available through the school mental health program to students, families, and faculty/staff in the State College Area School District.
IMH services are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that are strengths-based, developmentally appropriate, data driven, youth guided and family focused. Services primarily include assessment and evaluation, consultation and collaboration, individual, group, and family therapy, and targeted trainings.
Referrals to IMH Services can be made by any SCASD staff member, though we recommend student referrals are initiated through building level teams, such as Casings or Student Assistance. Referrals are typically made by school counselors, school psychologists, teachers, and/or administrators. Before making a referral, staff should engage the student and family to discuss possible intervention options and determine if a referral to IMH services is appropriate.
The IMH team is comprised of district leaders of student services and special education, contracted mental health providers, and the county mental health authority. The team reviews referrals on a bi-weekly basis during the school year to ensure students receive indicated services and supports in a timely manner. Information for the referral is obtained from the student, family, teachers, counselors, and other individuals working with the student and family.
To make a referral, click this link. You will be asked to login with your SCASD account. Complete the online referral form in its entirety and click submit. Once the referral has been made, someone from the IMH Team will contact you to schedule a time to present the case at the next IMH Team meeting.
For questions regarding IMH services, please contact the IMH liaison, Nicole Warcholak.
See also information about the Summit Project, a partnership of State College Area School District, the Centre County Mental Health authority, Juvenile Probation, and Penn State University to develop an infrastructure that would support the integration of schools and community mental health systems. The SUMMIT project was established as an interdisciplinary collaboration committed to the development of a full-continuum of effective school-based and school-linked mental health supports and services that are youth-driven and family-focused.
Learn more by visiting www.thesummitproject.org. Here you will find information and resources for students, families, school staff, and other child-serving professionals including school mental health, upcoming training events and learning opportunities, and how to access help in our community.
Last Modified on October 4, 2012