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Thompson CFF Charlotte NC Early Childhood Mental Health Services

School Based Therapy


School Based Therapy

We offer counseling services for school aged children in the school setting through partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The CMS School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Program is a collaboration between CMS, Mecklenburg County, and eight local mental health agencies.

Increase access to mental health services

Mental health clinicians housed in schools

Outpatient therapy services during the school day

Currently, Thompson provides outpatient therapy services at the following schools:

    • Blythe Elementary
    • Crown Point Elementary
    • Dorothy J Vaughan Academy
    • Elizabeth Traditional Elementary
    • JM Alexander Middle
    • Julius Chambers High
    • Myers Park High
    • North Academy of World Languages
    • Oakhurst Elementary
    • Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology
    • Randolph Middle
    • SAIL – South Academy of International Languages
    • Sterling Elementary
    • Turning Point Academy (Middle and High)
    • Westerly Hills Academy
Thompson CFF Charlotte NC Mental Health Services
Thompson CFF Charlotte NC In-School Mental Health Therapy

A student, guardian, or staff member expresses concern about the student to a student services staff member. The student services team will consider a range of available supports and determine if a referral to SBMH is appropriate. If it is appropriate, a student services staff member will contact the legal guardian to explain the program. If the guardian wants to have a referral, the student services staff will make the referral to their school’s assigned mental health agency.

After a referral is received by the agency, someone from the agency will contact the guardian to provide an overview of the service and schedule time to complete the clinical intake assessment (which lasts 90-120 minutes).

After the clinical intake assessment is completed, a treatment plan with identified goals will be created. The therapist will typically meet with the student once per week, although some may meet twice per month. The therapist should check-in with the guardian at least monthly to review progress and address any new issues.

The SBMH program bills your child’s insurance, just like if they are receiving outpatient therapy services in an office setting. Therefore, if you have a copay or deductible for therapy services, those will still apply.

*FY22-23 Results

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