What You Need to Know
Mental Health Program
(in under 90 seconds)
School Linked Mental Health is a co-located program - therapists
work in the schools rather than in clinics. Therapists partner with
the school, so kids are able to leave class for their therapy session,
then return to class when they are done.
School-Linked therapy can be done
in-person or via telehealth.
Kids can meet with their therapist
by Zoom from school or from
home, even if their therapist is also
Each SLMH therapist's room, while
located in the school, is considered part
of Central Minnesota Mental Health
Center, and the same guidelines apply
to these spaces that apply to
This is also why masks are required for all clients in the therapy room. Since the therapy room,
though located at school, is considered part of CMMHC and subject to the same rules, policies,
and guidelines, kids and adults coming into the therapy room must wear a mask, regardless of
whether or not the school is requiring them.
School-Linked Therapy is a partnership. The parent is the expert on their child and family,
teachers share knowledge, resources, and skills, the child shares their perspectives and feelings,
and the therapist helps all team members recognize change and growth, and supports the
bridge between home and school.
Communication makes the partnership work!
Families keep their therapist in the loop about
changes at home or at school, additional services,
and progress toward goals or referrals.
School keeps the therapist in the loop about
changes in the classroom, behavior incidents,
successes, and observations.
Good communication helps the therapist
understand what's working and what isn't,
and helps to ensure the right problem is solved
in the most efficient way.
Thanks for watching,
and learning about the
School-Linked Mental Health Program
at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center!
If you have questions, or would like to make a
referral for services, please visit
or speak to a principal, teacher, or other
staff member at the school.