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Family School Support Worker Program / Children's Mental Health

 Supervisor

Karen Milbrath


14 N 11th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

(218) 879-4583
(800) 642-9082

 

Family School Support Worker Program Children's Mental Health
Diversion Program (Crisis Counseling/Parent Support)

Family School Support Worker Program

The Family/School Support Worker program is a family focused, preventative service offered in Carlton County. The program provides support to families and children within their home, school, and community.

Family/School Support Workers can help families:

  • identify their child’s emotional, social, physical, and mental health needs

  • provide support, parenting resources, and advocacy

  • obtain essentials such as food, clothing, medical care, transportation, and shelter

  • access useful resources within the school, community, and county

  • manage crisis situations

  • advocate for children’s needs in school

How to contact your Family/School Support Worker

Cloquet Schools
Churchill Elementary School - Laura Sieben
Washington Elementary School - Bridget Schrier
Middle School - Carolyn Golen
Senior High School - Nancy Namaste
Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program
Nancy Namaste - (218) 879-0115
Esko Schools
Sandi Davis - (218) 879-3361
Carlton Schools
Sandy Davis - (218) 384-4226
Barnum Schools
Diane Barkos
Wrenshall Schools
Mike Schmidt - (218) 384-4274

Children's Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Case Management

When children are in need of mental health services, it may be difficult for them and/or their care providers to receive appropriate services to meet multiple needs.

The "Minnesota Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Act" recognizes that children do not always get the services they need. Agencies within Carlton County provide case management services to assist eligible children and their families. Children's Mental Health Case Management services are voluntary, and may be accepted or refused by the parents.

*The case manager will coordinate a comprehensive mental health assessment
  to determine the child's mental health needs.
*The case manager will assist the child and the child's family in obtaining
  needed services by coordinating with other agencies and assuring continuity
  of care for the child.
*It is the responsibility of the case manager together with the family to
  continually assess and reassess the delivery, appropriateness, and
  effectiveness of these services.

All the people involved in the care, counseling, education, and treatment of the child will use a team approach to coordinate services. Parents will be asked to participate in developing a comprehensive plan called an IFCSP (Individual Family Community Support Plan), based on the child's unique needs. These plans will be reviewed with the team on a regular basis to determine if the goals for the child are being met and if other services are needed.

Behaviors which may indicate concern:

  • Acting out behavior
  • Withdrawing
  • Chemical use
  • Eating disorders
  • Other behaviors

A variety of services available through Children’s Mental Health Case Management may be provided based on the individual needs of the child and family.

Available services include:

  • Coordinated Treatment Planning
  • Referral to CTSS/Community Skills Program
  • Referral for Diagnostic Assessment/Needs Assessment
  • Referral for Psychological Evaluations
  • Referral for Psychiatric Care/Medication Monitoring
  • School Consultation and Support
  • Assistance in Securing Respite Care Services
  • Referral for Individual or Family Therapy
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Advocacy for Child and Family
  • Financial Assistance Referrals
  • Vocational Assistance
  • Referral to Appropriate Support Groups
  • Coordination of Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  • Assistance in Development of Independent Skills
  • Transitional and Adult Mental Health Referral and Support Coordination

Children’s Mental Health Case Management Services Brochure
(210 KB in size)

 Diversion Program (Crisis Counseling/Parent Support)

This program provides crisis counseling and intervention services to families experiencing difficulty with children and teens who are refusing to follow family rules or expectations. The goal of the program is to help families and children work together cooperatively in their home.

Services may include establishing a behavior contract, use of the Carlton County Youth Shelter as an intervention, parental support, and referral for psychological assessments or counseling as needed.


Carlton County Public Health & Human Services is about strengthening families, protecting our children and our seniors, offering hope to those in crisis and making our community a stronger, safer & healthier place for all of us to live.

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