Take Four Mental Health ProgramTake Four: Telemedicine in a Rural School District.
Mental well-being is vital component to everyone's wellness! This is especially true when it comes to our children who are in a constant state of growth and development. Students with unmet mental health needs are of great concern to school districts across California, because their behavior directly impacts student attendance, behavior and readiness to learn. They are also at risk for many unconstructive behaviors that may complicate their interpersonal relationships at home and school.
The Take Four program is an innovative care model that seeks to transform mental health counseling services in our local school district, Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD). In collaboration with Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Telemed2U, and FRJUSD Mayers Memorial Healthcare District will be offering counseling sessions at all schools within the FRJUSD. This service will be available to all enrolled students, except those that participate in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and will take place at each school. Students in an IEP already have access to counseling services through their school. Counseling services will be offered with a licensed counselor via a secure videoconferencing platform, at no cost to parents, right at your student's school. Once the session is over, your student will return to class and resume his/her day.
Elementary school students and some 7th grade students that seek counseling services, or are recommended to seek services by their teacher, will need to have parental consent before they can see a counselor.
A minor 12 years of age or older may consent to mental health treatment or counseling on an outpatient basis if, he or she is, in the opinion of the attending professional person, mature enough to participate intelligently in the outpatient services.[Family Code Section 6924; Health and Safety Code Section 124260], and have the right to privacy under HIPAA. Information about their counseling sessions can be shared after they consent. The school district has required a signed written parent/guardian consent for these students this year as well, before they are seen.
This program is funded through a three-year grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement Program.
Marchita Masters, Psy.D.
Jill Reed, MSW