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Counseling and Mental Health Supports at Little Miami

Tier 1 Mental Health Supports

School Counselor

Support the emotional needs of students as they relate to accessing the academics.  Our counselors run support groups, meet with students individually, monitor student 504 accommodation plans, create student schedules, assist with college and career planning and assist in connecting families with needed resources.  Our school counselors act as our ‘front line of support’ when our students are in crisis. 

  • Brittany Stultz – grades 1,2 at Butlerville 3 days a week and Maineville 3 days a week
  • Raegan Malblanc – grades K, 3, 4
  • Dawn Gasper – grades 5,6
  • Sarah Fox – grades 5,6
  • Tarra Braunscheidel – Junior High
  • Andrea Wall – Junior High
  • Bridget Herron – HS last names D-K
  • Tammy Martin – HS last names A-C
  • Todd Barnhart – HS last names L-R
  • Brandy Phillips – HS last names S-Z

 

Tier 2 Mental Health Supports – Crisis Support, assessment of needs, monitor and mentor students as well as transition students back from out of district placements 

Mental Health Consultants

  • Jessica Kerns – Office at LMIS
  • Laura Marco – Office at Jr. H
  • Meredith Reuscher – Office at HS

Central point of contact for all mental health services as referred by the district for triage.  Assesses and determines appropriate services for each student referred by the school counselor.  Provides mental health consultation to administration, staff, and families served by the district.  Provides district wide crisis intervention services and monitors the students in the district with the highest level of needs and severity of symptoms.  Completes referrals for individual therapy for students that require a treatment plan with our partner agency.  The MHC is also available to provide consultation and professional development to staff in order to improve the support and management of students with mental health concerns in the academic environment. 

School Based Prevention Services

Prevention services are designed to promote positive mental health, provide early identification of psychological and social problems, and reduce the risk factors associated with school failure.  Prevention services are often short term and provided to a targeted group of students for a specific concern.  During the course of the group a referral for more intensive services may be indicated and brought to the attention of MHC for appropriate placement.

School counselors – Self-esteem and changing Families groups (examples)

We will have a new prevention partner this year – Beech Acres 

Tier 3 Mental Health Supports – Therapy for students with more intense needs and/or a mental health diagnosis

Case Management Service (Solutions)

Case Management is an ongoing individualized service that is implemented with greater frequency, intensity, and duration than prevention services.  Case management services require greater participation from the family and involve the diagnosis of a mental health disorder.

These services focus on addressing, resolving, or improving the management of identified “here and now” problems.  Students will work with a case manager to reinforce coping skills and strategies they are learning in therapy in order to manage their symptoms and/or the challenges they are facing in daily life.  This service functions as an ongoing support to students, and can be administered at school or at the center.  Although case managers may offer advice and suggestions to clients, their primary role is to facilitate in assessment, care planning, care coordination and advocacy for individuals and families requiring special services.  As opposed to counselors/therapists who are focuses primarily on providing therapy to our students and their families.  

Mental Health School-based Therapist (Solutions)

Provides individual therapy services to students on a case-by-case basis, as determined by building administration, and Mental Health Consultant.  Mental health therapy services are the most intensive ongoing MH service provided within the district.  Therapy services require greater participation from the family, lead to the diagnosis of a mental health disorder, and require the development of a treatment plan.  Therefore, these services are much more individualized and occur at a deeper level than other services. 

Grades 7-12

School Counselors

Support the emotional needs of students as they relate to accessing the academics. Our counselors run support groups, meet with student individually, create student schedules, assist with college and career planning and assist in connecting families with needed resources.

  • Tarra Braunscheidel – Junior High
  • Andrea Wall – Junior High
  • Bridget Herron – HS last names E-K
  • Tammy Martin – HS last names A-D
  • Jessica Nethers – HS last names L-Q
  • Brandy Phillips – HS last names R-Z

Mental Health Therapy

  • The district has collaborated with Solutions Mental Health through Warren County Mental Health. Therapists and case managers meet with students in the school building and at their centers to provide individual therapy sessions and a link to licensed psychologists. Currently there is one therapist serving our 7-12 students on a full-time schedule. These services are paid for through family insurance or Medicaid billing.

Diversion Coordinator – WCESC/Coordinated Care

  • Carrie Brown – 2 days a week at the Jr. and 2 days at the HS. She provides individual counseling with students. These referrals are primarily initiated in court, but referrals come in from Kim Sellers through Coordinated Care as well. She is our Sandy Hook Promise presenter and trained in prevention of social isolation. She also runs counseling support groups such as girls groups and grief groups on an as-needed basis. She is also on the county crisis team and can perform risk assessments.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention – WCESC/Coordinated Care

  • Shelley Brown – She works with our students on an as-needed basis and her referrals primarily come through juvenile court. She also performs assessments and assists with drug and alcohol prevention education. She is instrumental in the Red Ribbon Week activities for 7-12.

Outside Agencies

When the school counselor or building administration (PK-12) identify a specific need, we have partners that we can utilize that are no cost to the district.

  • Prevention School-Based Services through Solutions
    • Early Childhood Mental Health support – Amy Leedyard
    • School-based group facilitation for the following topics: anger, social skills, changing families, anxiety, grief, respect for self and others, suicide prevention, life skills and conflict management
  • Kinship Care and Therapeutic Mentoring for Parents through Beech Acres
  • Grief counseling - Fernside