Untreated behavioral and emotional needs form barriers to learning for students, and, if untreated, can impact the entire classroom and family. The Integrated School-Based Mental Health Program (ISBMH) was started in response to discussions with elementary school principals regarding the mental health needs of school children. Licensed mental health counselors have been placed in schools to improve access to mental health services for children and families who have need of counseling support.
The program’s goal is to bring mental health services to a convenient, accessible, and familiar environment. While mental health services are provided in your child’s school, privacy is strongly maintained.
The ISBMH program has placed a licensed independent mental health professional (LIMHP) in each school to address the needs of children who are not able to access mental health services. The LIMHP provides mental health assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, classroom assessments, care coordination for children who require more intensive services, and educational presentations for parents and teachers. The LIMHP also can work with the teacher to help the child in meeting academic performance goals.
Currently ISBMH has counselors at the following schools:
- Holy Name Elementary
2901 Fontenelle Blvd Omaha, NE 68104
- Indian Hill Elementary
3121 U Street Omaha, NE 68107
- Kellom Elementary
1311 North 24th Street Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 344-0441 ext. 1015
- Woodrow Wilson Middle School
715 North 21st Council Bluffs, IA 51501
- Thomas Jefferson High School
2501 West Broadway Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-6493 ext. 13165
How To Access Services
Referrals for a student to begin seeing a licensed independent mental health professional in the school can be made from a family member, case worker, school administrator, or teacher. Once permission from a parent or legal guardian has been completed, the child can begin mental health services. Information about mental health services and payment will be discussed before services begin with an opportunity for questions to be answered.
Since 2010 CHI Health Psychiatric Associates has been providing Telepsychiatry services to rural and underserved communities where there is often limited access to specialty mental health services.
Appointment connection is over a high-speed network that is secure, encrypted and private. Our clinically-trained staff, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and therapists, will listen to you and work to identify the service that best meets you or your loved one’s unique needs. Every situation is different, and our program highlights include: medication management, individual therapy and family therapy. Involvement of supports is encouraged; including family, support worker, etc.
- Improved access to mental health services for assessment and ongoing treatment.
- Improved quality of mental health care.
- Better integration of mental health services into the patient’s health care more generally.
- Convenience and savings of money and time by not having to travel far to see a specialist.
- Receive services closer to home.
- Reduced travel
- Reduced time off work
- Excellent quality of care and the same care as seeing a physician face-to face.
- Improved continuity of care and follow-up.
- Both patients and providers using telehealth equipment have had very positive feedback