School-linked Mental Health Services

  • The Westonka School district partners with Relate Counseling Center to provide counseling for students at all grade levels. Services are offered on-site during the school day, which is beneficial to students and families who may not otherwise have access to mental health services. Students who are referred to the School Linked Mental Health (SLMH) program should display mental health symptoms that are impacting their functioning at school, home and/or peer relationships. They should also be experiencing some barriers to services. Barriers to services are circumstances that prevent a family or student from accessing outpatient mental health services. Relate Counseling Center works with school districts in the Western Metro area, including Minnetonka, Wayzata, St. Louis Park, Orono and Mound.

    The SLMH program is partially funded by a grant through the State of Minnesota. Per our contract with the state, we are required to bill insurance first before using the grant to cover individual sessions. This is true in all cases when a student has insurance, even if their insurance does not cover services (e.g., in the case of a high deductible plan). Assistance may be available to families if they do not have insurance or if their insurance does not cover services. Some families that do not have financial barriers will pay co-pays for their child’s sessions.

    For more information, contact your building principal or administrator.

    Relate Counseling Center


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  • Alysha Kvam
    Early Childhood
    (612) 716-6633

    Rachel Takazawa
    Hilltop Primary School
    (952) 491-8513

    MJ Pearson
    Shirley Hills Primary School
    (952) 491-8466

    Kristine Smith
    Grandview Middle School
    (952) 491-8396

    Ashley Teigland
    Mound Westonka High School
    (952) 491-8250

    Melissa French
    Mound Westonka High School
    (952) 491-8255