Mental Health School Social Worker – Operational Sharing Program

Green Hills AEA’s Mental Health School Social Worker Operational Sharing Program aims to help students who are displaying behaviors that reduce their academic success to gain appropriate coping skills to be successful in and out of the classroom. Participating districts may use operational sharing dollars to collaborate with Green Hills AEA and receive mental health services. Green Hills AEA is currently partnering with multiple districts and alternative educational settings in Southwest and Southcentral Iowa. The mental health school social worker will provide a variety of services to districts, including individual and group therapy within the school setting to students who may qualify for additional mental health assistance and services.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are a school experiencing a crisis, please contact our Crisis Response Team.

MSW Referral Process




Services




  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Professional learning opportunities

Partner Districts




  • AHSTW
  • Bedford
  • CAM
  • Central Decatur
  • Children’s Square Shelter Classroom
  • Clarinda
  • Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center
  • Creston
  • East Union
  • Essex
  • Hamburg
  • Harlan
  • IKM-Manning
  • Lamoni
  • Lewis Central
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mormon Trail
  • Murray
  • Nodaway Valley
  • Red Oak
  • Rising Hope Academy (Clarinda, Creston, and IKM-Manning)
  • Riverside
  • Treynor
  • Tri-Center
  • Underwood

Mental Health Resources




General Mental Health Resources 

  • NIMH The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This website provides information on research, funding, news and events, and provides brochures and fact sheets on mental disorders. 
  • NAMI The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization. The website includes information on education, support groups, advocacy, and more. 
  • SAMHSA The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. It provides information on treatment locations, risks of substance use, and much more.

Admin Toolbox –  Supporting staff, MTSS

  • Regional Mental Health Resources QR codes for Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) through Iowa Department of Human Services in the Green Hills AEA area. 
  • NITT SMRP Toolkit This toolkit uses a multitiered system of support (MTSS) framework within schools and in collaboration with other agencies to provide best practice guidance and practical tools and strategies to support the mental health of students. 
  • MTSS Basics This article describes the key components of the MTSS framework, including Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) as a part of MTSS. 

Educators: 

Educators’ Mental Health:

  • Teachers: Protecting Your Mental HealthThis article provides strategies to help yourself as a teacher and ways to help other teachers. It also includes a link to several mental health screeners. 
  • Self-Care Guide for TeachersThis includes a free download from Calm with strategies and resources for self-care such as mindfulness, meditation, sleep hygiene, practicing gratitude, and more.
  • Your Life Iowa Call, text, or chat for 24/7 Crisis Support (alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts, mental health)

Supporting Students’ Mental Health:

  • Mood Crew A fun and engaging educational program, designed for ages 4 to 10, that helps adults open a positive conversation about feelings with children.  
  • Virtual Calming Room A place for students to find tools and strategies to manage their emotions. 
  • PBIS World– teaching coping skills
  • 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom This includes a free download from Calm with 30 days of mindfulness lessons for the classroom, including reflection question(s) for each practice.
  • Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource Developed by SMH Ontario, this resource provides links to easy-to-implement evidence-informed mental health practices for elementary classrooms including executive functioning skills, healthy relationship skills, identification and management of emotions, positive motivation and perseverance, self-awareness and sense of identity, and stress management and coping skills. 
  • Emotional Regulation Activities for Tweens & Teens– article review emotional regulation strategies for tweens/teens (by Edutopia)
  • Signs of Student Distress & Age Appropriate Interventions Downloadable resource from Classroom Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators (Classroom WISE) that reviews signs that signal a student is in distress and provides relevant intervention strategies that educators and school staff can implement. Additional considerations for supporting students in elementary settings and secondary settings are included for each domain. 
  • Tips for Starting Mental Health Conversations– 
  • Downloadable resource from Classroom Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators (Classroom WISE) that provides tips to use to start mental health conversations with students.
  • Classroom Mental Health A website that provides resources for teachers of high school students. Includes lessons on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), information on mental health disorders, how to talk to and support students, and how to talk to guardians. 

Parent/Guardian Resources:

Student Resources:

Training




Find more professional learning opportunities here!

Mental Health School Social Worker District Assignments




Mental Health School Social Worker Districts Served

Diane Goetzmann

Diane Goetzmann

  • Essex
  • Hamburg
  • Lewis Central – Kreft Primary

Email Diane Goetzmann

Chelsie Hatcher
Chelsie Hatcher
  • Harlan
  • IKM-Manning
  • Rising Hope Academy: IKM-Manning
  • Underwood

Email Chelsie Hatcher

 

Shelby Meadows

Shelby Meadows

  • Bedford
  • Clarinda
  • Rising Hope Academy: Clarinda

Email Shelby Meadows

LeahOlsonE

Leah Olson

  • East Union
  • Mormon Trail
  • Murray

Email Leah Olson

TeenaSeguin

Teena Seguin

  • Lewis Central – Titan Hill Intermediate
  • Missouri Valley
  • Tri-Center

Email Teena Seguin

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Sandi Sickels

  • CAM
  • Lamoni
  • Nodaway Valley

Email Sandi Sickels

Hannah Sims

Hannah Sims

  • AHSTW
  • Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center
  • Red Oak – Inman Elementary
  • Riverside

Email Hannah Sims

SaraTangemanC

Sara Tangeman

  • Children’s Square Shelter Classroom
  • Red Oak Jr./Sr. High School
  • Treynor

Email Sara Tangeman

AudreyWheelerB

Audrey Wheeler

  • Central Decatur
  • Creston
  • Rising Hope Academy: Creston

Email Audrey Wheeler

Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Angie Hance

Executive Director of Targeted Services and Supports

712-366-0503 ext. 3250 Email Angie Hance
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Kathy Hanafan

Community Resource Supervisor

712-366-0503 ext. 7311 Email Kathy Hanafan