School-Based Mental Health History and Collaborations

FamilyMeans believes providing access for anyone who needs help is important, and that extends to partnering with area schools. For children and teens, prevention and early intervention means reaching them where they are – in the schools.

The agency’s first in-school access began in 1990 when FamilyMeans started its Children in Transition Group in Stillwater and New Richmond school districts for kids whose families were experiencing divorce or separation.

In 1996, FamilyMeans clinicians began providing outpatient counseling in the school building at a few schools in Stillwater District 834. Today, thanks to additional community support and grant funding, access has continued to grow and students are receiving education, assessment, referral, and therapy from FamilyMeans clinicians in six school districts;

In Minnesota: Stillwater, Mahtomedi, Oakdale/Maplewood/North St. Paul

In Wisconsin: Prescott, Hudson and New Richmond.

If you’re interested in learning about how to bring school-based services to your school, or trainings for your staff and/or parents, please call FamilyMeans 651-439-4840.

What else might be helpful?

FamilyMeans offers trainings for parents and/or teachers to help you learn ways to support youth through life’s challenges.

School-based groups help students connect with their peers and find that they are not alone in the struggles that they face.