• Teen girls  
    Services available to
    students and families
    • Individual assessment
    • Individual evaluation
    • Individual recommendations
    • Treatment services:
      • psycho-education
      • individual therapy 
      • group therapy
      • family therapy
      • crisis intervention
    Services available for
    faculty/staff include:

    • School-based consultation and collaboration
    • Targeted in-service trainings 
    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.

    SCASD recognizes the importance of a team approach and how schools and families have essential roles to play in promoting children’s positive development and academic performance. We believe that when educators and parents work together as partners, they create important opportunities for children to develop social, emotional and academic competencies at SCASD. SCASD has a School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Team that includes internal and external professionals working together to help navigate our students' mental health and wellbeing.

    Accessing School-Based Mental Health Services

    School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services are available to students, families, and faculty/staff in the State College Area School District through the school mental health program. The SBMH Services fall under Tier II and III interventions in the SCASD Social Emotional MTSS model.
    Our SBMH Services are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that are strength-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 training. 
    Referrals to SBMH Services can only be made by a member of your MTSS/CAT team or mental health-related school personnel. Referrals are typically made by school counselors, school psychologists, 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 SBMH Services is appropriate.
    The SBMH 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 weekly basis during the school year to ensure students receive indicated services and support 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 here. You will be asked to log in with your SCASD account. Complete the online referral form in its entirety and click submit. Once the referral has been made, someone from the SBMH Team will contact the referral source to share with you the outcome of the referral and/or to schedule a meeting to discuss the case with any further questions.
    For questions regarding SBMH Services, please contact the SBMH liaison, Sara Hackman sah19@scasd.org, Mental Health Clinician, Elisabeth James emc36@scasd.org, or the Director of Student Services, Jeanne Knouse jmk37@scasd.org 
    Individual Assessment,
    Evaluation and Recommendation
    When a student first receives SBMH Services, the clinician begins with an assessment that gathers the student's history of education, family, psychosocial events, medical issues and mental health issues. Any treatment recommendations are driven by the assessed needs of the individual student.
    Treatment Services 
    Treatment services will begin after the SBMH clinician sets up an initial meeting with the student and family to develop a strength-based intervention plan that addresses the individualized needs of the student.
    Consultation and In-service Training
    In-service trainings for school personnel, families, and students may occur in a variety of settings and are able to focus on a wide range of topics related to the social and emotional health of students.

Last Modified on February 19, 2024