5) SchooLink: Mental Health Providers (Medi-Cal)

Mental Health Services for Students with Medi-Cal Insurance or No Insurance

Description: SchooLink is a partnership between the County of San Diego HHSA-Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and local school districts to provide mental health services at school sites. Mental Health agencies obtain BHS contracts & funding specifically designed to provide school based mental health services.

MHRC sponsors MOU's with 9 mental health agencies; services are provided to students on 113 school sites.

The following mental health agencies have Board approved MOU's:

  • Douglas Young
  • Family Health Centers
  • Mental Health Systems Inc.
  • Prime Ally - Paradise Hospital
  • Rady's Childrens Hospital
  • Providence Community Services
  • SAY San Diego
  • UPAC
  • YMCA

MHRC-San Diego Outpatient Program: SDOP is a District run program also holding a BHS contract to provide mental health services to students with Medi-Cal on select school sites.

Services: Services include individual and family therapy, case management and if indicated access to psychiatric assessment/medication management.

Target Population: Students with Medi-Cal insurance or no insurance. Students who are demonstrating significant mental health symptoms and causing impairment in an important life domain.

Referral Process: School site staff and parents may refer; students may self-refer. School personnel must use a SchooLink-BHS approved referral form and obtain a parent signature in order to provide a referral to the agency.

Funding: SD County HHSA-BHS

SchooLink Training & Policy/Procedures Link: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/bhs/workforce/schoolink.html

How to Obtain SchooLink-BHS services on your School Site: Call SDUSD SchooLink-BHS liaison Adriana Loo, phone (858) 573-2227 or email ([email protected]). Supervising Clinician may be contacted if needed, Jessica Luckey, phone (858) 573-2227 or email ([email protected])

The following information will be requested:

  • Number of students with Full-Scope Medi-Cal insurance
  • Size of School
  • Number of students with Free Reduced Lunch
  • Synopsis of students needs at the school site

SchooLink-BHS liaison will then collaborate with HHSA-BHS Contract Monitor (CORS)

  • CORS will determine if any mental health agencies are available
  • CORS will review the information provided & may provide approval to add a new school site

If SchooLink-BHS services are approved the following steps will be initiated:

  • SchooLink-BHS was designed to systemize implementation of HHSA-BHS services within districts throughout San Diego County
  • SDUSD-MHRC district liaison, agency personnel and school administration/staff will meet
  • Initial meeting will follow the SchooLink-BHS online Training & Procedure Module
  • The module will help school personnel and the mental health agency to systemically implement services

SchooLink List by School: https://www.sandi.net/staff/mental-health-resource-center/agency-list-school

SchooLink List by Agency Contacts: https://www.sandi.net/staff/mental-health-resource-center/agency-contacts-0

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