• 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 External Mental Health (EMH) 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. The External Mental Health (EMH) services fall under Tier III interventions in the SCASD Social Emotional MTSS model.
    Our integrated mental health 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 EMH Services can be made by any SCASD staff member, though we recommend student referrals being initiated through building level teams, such as the MTSS team 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 EMH 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 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 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 EMH Team meeting. 
    For questions regarding EMH services, please contact the EMH liaison, Sara Hackman sah19@scasd.org 
    Individual Assessment,
    Evaluation and Recommendation
    When a student first receives IMH 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 IMH 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 September 22, 2022