Mental Health Services - Policy Number and Last Update(03.04.00/03-2015)

GOAL I: To work collaboratively with parents, staff, mental health professionals, and the larger community in the delivery of mental health services to the children, parents, and staff. (HSPS 1304.24 - Child Mental Health)

Objective I-A: Contract the services of a mental Consultant, with or without an associate to work with families, staff, and children.

OBJECTIVE NUMBER (Mental Health Plan)
ACTION STEPS
PERSON PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE TIMELINE
I-A Following the IMSHSP Mental Health Policy and Procedure, ensure a regular schedule for the consultant (MHC) or associate (MHA) by:
  1. Schedule monthly classroom observations and allow time for the MHC and MHA to discuss observations and recommendations with classroom staff, Mental Health Coordinator.
  2. Allow the MHC or MHA to provide input and recommendations for the development and implementation of the mental health program by making him/her a member of the Health Services Advisory Committee.
  3. Schedule training for staff and parents on family well-being.
  4. Invite MHC and MHA to participate in the development and implementation of child's IEP/IFSP, if indicated.
  5. Schedule for MHC or MHA to be available for individual consultations for parents and staff.
  6. Allow the MHC or MHA to review the Denver developmental screenings that reflect some concerns or delays and all social emotional checklists for their recommendations.
  7. Ensure that the Mental Health Activity Report and MHC/MHA Recommendations Report are submitted after each visit.
  8. Schedule for MHC or MHA to provide assistance to children with special needs and their families.
Mental Health Coordinator

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At least 18 hours per month

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At least 2 per season

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At least 2 per season

As needed

Twice per month for at least 1 hour

Within 2 weeks after screenings completed

After each consultation

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As needed

Objective I-B: Establish with parents, a high priority on the emotional well-being of all family members, especially children.

OBJECTIVE NUMBER (Mental Health Plan)
ACTION STEPS
PERSON PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE TIMELINE
I-B, 1 Provide training for parents on parenting, emotional development, family relations, and services available locally. Delegate Director, other team members, & MHC/MHA At least twice per season
I-B, 2 During home visits or parent/teacher conferences, ask parents about child's emotional development. Discuss child's adjustment at the center. Teachers At least twice per season
I-B, 3 In the center newsletters, notes, parent/teacher contacts, and home visits, advertise the dates the mental health consultant will be available at the center. Delegate Director & MH Coordinator Monthly

Objective I-C: Plan a course of action for the well-being of all family members or to meet individual mental health needs of any child or parent.

OBJECTIVE NUMBER (Mental Health Plan)
ACTION STEPS
PERSON PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE TIMELINE
I-C, 1
Ensure timely bi-weekly staffings and accurate documentation of discussions and follow-up needed. Delegate Director First one by 2nd week of operation; then every 2 weeks
I-C, 2
Ensure all coordinating staff and child's teacher participate in staffing. Delegate Director First one by 2nd week of operation; then every 2 weeks
I-C, 3
Follow the Bi-Weekly Staffing Procedure. Delegate Director Bi-weekly