Position Function: The purpose of the Behavioral Health School Liaison is facilitating the implementation of a school-based behavioral health model. The liaison will be a pivotal member of the school behavioral health team that works collaboratively to address the needs of students in the foster care system, as well other students identified as needing additional behavioral health support. The work of the liaison may extend beyond the school setting to include community and residential settings.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
a. Serves as the primary liaison to community mental health partners, family caregivers, child welfare agencies, and school site administration
b. Collaborates with school administrators and community mental health partners to establish a school based behavioral health team model
c. Assists the behavioral health team in implementing data based screening and referral protocols to ensure timely access to school based and/or community based behavioral health services
d. Assesses student and family needs for the purpose of developing and implementing behavioral health support plans
e. Provides quality assurance in the referral process to the community mental health providers
f. Supports students and families with accessing and navigating community mental health services and other community based resources and services
g. Maintains accurate records for the purpose of progress monitoring and complying with district and state reporting requirements
h. Provides consultation to school administration and counseling staff on interventions for students experiencing behavioral and emotional barriers to learning
i. Assists school administrators with the development of student safety and re-entry plans
j. Ensures that school based interventions and services are trauma informed, culturally and linguistically appropriate
k. Provides professional development and coaching to administrators, teachers and counselors on trauma informed and culturally responsive services and supports within the behavioral health model
l. Provides support in crisis response
m. Trains and supervises behavioral/mental health interns to provide effective services and supports
n. Participates in district in-service and professional development meetings
o. Conducts classroom observations of students for the purpose of data collections and fidelity of implementation of the treatment plans
p. Attends team meetings to participate in the problem solving model for students and families
q. Works within the MTSS framework to facilitate pre-screening; consult with teachers and staff and provides services to alleviate issues impairing a student’s ability to be successful in the regular classroom
r. Provides direct services and check-up supports to students on caseload assigned from reassignment hearings
Hays School District has about 3,000 students that are enrolled in a high school, middle school, four elementary schools, and an alternative school. The staff of Unified School District No. 489 are recognized throughout Kansasand across the nation as leaders in educational excellence.
Hays Public Schools enjoy tremendous support from the community. Through this support, USD 489 is able to offer programs like all-day, kindergarten, the smallest class sizes in the state for districts our size, and a longer school year. An extensive special education program serves children with special needs. Early childhood programs serve children and their families in a three-county area from before-birth to age six. Technology, throughout the district, is used to supplement and strengthen the instructional program. The most noticeable aspect of our technology is in our ratio of students to computers. At Hays High and the middle schools it is 1:1; and 2:1 in the elementary schools.
While doing an excellent job on the test score race, the staff continues to seek to develop the creativity, curiosity, and problem solving skills of students as well. The challenges of the future are best dealt with by applying creativity and foresight to a solid foundation. We are equipped at USD 489.
To learn more about our schools, visit our website at www.usd489.com