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Posted by Megan Foreman on September 12, 2018 at 9:58am

My name is Megan Foreman and I am the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator at Maple View Middle School. This position is new to Tahoma School District and is being funded through a King County Best Starts for Kids grant. We are using the Check Yourself screening tool to help identify students who may need extra support. Unlike other behavioral health screening tools, the Check Yourself tool weaves in questions that help students think about individual strengths as well as questions about mental health and substance use. This allows us to work with students to identify student strengths to cope with stress and generate conversations to help them achieve their goals. Screening is the first part of the SBIRT process. Based on student responses, individual conversations with students identified as needing extra support are the second part of the SBIRT process. Conversations are focused on skill-building to address a variety of concerns the student may be facing. Students we will work with may be having a hard time managing depression, anxiety, the stress of school, relationships, family conflicts or a combination of the above. The SBIRT process is intended to be a “brief intervention” and parent involvement is an important part of the process.  If your child is being seen, you will be involved in at least one of the meetings along with your child, typically at the 3rd to 4th meeting. We also assist students and families with referral options and help in accessing community resources.

The SBIRT process is completely optional, students and families have the freedom to determine if they want to participate. In this packet we provide a consent form and a brochure explaining the SBIRT protocol. We maintain the confidentiality of each student we work with. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality which are explained to each student during our first meeting and are also included in the consent form.

I am available to work with students during school hours at Maple View Middle School. If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs immediate assistance, please call King County Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency department.

If you would like your child to participate in this service at Maple View Middle School, please sign and return the Check Yourself Screening and SBIRT Process Consent form. You can return the form by sending it with your child to school, dropping it off at the main office or emailing (mforeman@tahomasd.us">mforeman@tahomasd.us).

Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. I look forward to working with you and your child.