• SCASD Internal Mental Health (IMH) Services
    Internal 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 IMH services fall under Tier II and Tier III interventions, depending on the student's needs and level of support.
    IMH services are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that are strength-based, developmentally appropriate, data-driven, youth-guided and school focused. Services primarily include assessment and evaluation, consultation and collaboration, individual and group therapy.
    Referrals to the IMH team are typically made by school counselors or school psychologists, but must be initiated through building level teams, such as MTSS or Student Assistance. Before making a referral, a team member 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, contracted mental health providers, SCASD Mental Health Clinicians and Social Worker. 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: SCASD Mental Health Supports Form.  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 about next steps.
    For questions regarding the Internal IMH services, please contact Elisabeth James at emc36@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 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.
    Meet SCASD Mental Health Clinicians 

Last Modified on August 30, 2022