44 Mental Health Related Services (MHRS)


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Chapter Revision Date: 02/06/18

44.1  Which students may receive MHRS services?
44.2  Referral Process
44.3  Types of MHRS services

The district is obligated to provide educationally-related mental health services under federal and state law to eligible special education students who require such services in order to benefit from their educational program.  The district’s Mental Health Related Services (MHRS) program is tasked with developing and coordinating implementation of school wide procedures related to mental health assessment and service delivery.  MHRS is a program under the umbrella of the SDUSD Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC).  Mental health services are provided pursuant to an IEP.

 

44.1                Which students may receive MHRS services?

MHRS services are provided to eligible special education students attending district schools, charter schools receiving district special education services, and for students placed by the district in nonpublic schools.

School site IEP teams make a referral to MHRS to determine if a student is eligible for MHRS services (counseling). The IEP team is responsible for submitting an MHRS Psychosocial Assessment referral.  The assessment will be completed by a qualified mental health clinician.

 

44.2                Referral Process

School Psychologists are trained to lead IEP teams through the MHRS Psychosocial Assessment referral process.  For further information, School Psychologists can access procedures and forms or their E-Teams page.  Case managers should refer to Forms/Links for MHRS Referral Procedures and forms.

  1. IEP team consults with School Psychologist and assigned Mental Health Clinician
  2. MHRS assessment plan opened by case manager and signed by parent
  3. Case Manager completes the Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory (CASI) and obtains Authorization for Release(s) of Information (if applicable) 

Note: Full ‘MHRS Referral Procedures’ may be accessed via MHRS website: http://www.sandi.net/staff/mental-health-resource-center/mental-health-r...

44.3                Types of MHRS services

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Assessment recommendations may include:

  • School-based MHRS services (out-patient)
  • Parent Counseling
  • MHRS Behavior Intervention (partnered with MHRS services only)
  • Intensive Mental Health Services at a separate school site (day treatment)
  • Residential services
  • No services

 

44.3.1             Provision of Services

School Based Mental Health Related Services (“MHRS”)

School based MHRS/Parent Counseling/Behavior Intervention services are provided by itinerant MHRS personnel. Primary services include individual and group therapy; adjunct services may include parent counseling, behavior intervention, case management, crisis management, consultation and collaboration with IEP team members.  Services are provided by qualified mental health clinicians and rehabilitation specialists.

Intensive Mental Health Services at a Separate Site

Intensive mental health services are provided at separate school sites and integrated throughout the school day within a blended therapeutic and educational environment.  Services include individual, group and family therapy, community meetings, school wide behavior management systems, therapeutic recreation and skills building activities.  Adjunct services include case management, crisis management, consultation and collaboration with IEP team members.  Services are provided by qualified mental health clinicians and rehabilitation specialists. 

Separate School / Day Treatment sites:

  • New Dawn Day Treatment
    • New Dawn is a separate school site, co-located on the Riley Campus; intensive mental health services provided for students in grades 9-12.
  • Marcy Day Treatment
    • Marcy is a separate school site, located in Southeast San Diego; intensive mental health services provided for students in grades 9-12
  • Riley Outpatient Program
    • MHRS services are provided to students enrolled at Riley School.  Riley School serves students K-8.  The outpatient program operates as an integrated part of the school to provide a therapeutic educational environment.  Services include individual, group and family therapy and are provided by qualified mental health clinicians.  Two rehabilitation specialists are placed in each classroom to provide in the moment learning opportunities, skills building interventions/groups and support for students.

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Contacts:

Mental Health Resource Center

Phone:           (858) 573-2227

Fax:                (858) 496-2113

Location:

2351 Cardinal Lane, Annex B

San Diego, CA 92123