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Mental Health Program Coordinator
Sherie Mahoney, Ed.S., MS, LP
Minnewaska Mental Health Services
Day Treatment— CTSS and Family Services
500 John Street—PO Box 10
Starbuck, MN 56381
Services Available to Children and Families
Sometimes mental health issues affect children and adolescents in such a way that they may need help to manage them. That’s when someone who knows the child may suggest they would benefit from our CTSS services.
MMH is the first school-district-owned mental health agency in our state to earn CTSS certification. We are approved by the State of Minnesota to provide direct care mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.
MMHS staff meet with students in the convenience of the school setting during the course of their school day . Our staff includes Licensed Psychologists, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and Mental Health Practitioners who deliver caring, confidential, professional therapy and behavioral skills training to the student.
In addition, some parents benefit from help with family and parenting skills training or therapy. MMHS provides family skills training in clients’ homes or at our offices through our practitioner staff. We will do what it takes to work with the child or adolescent, their family, and staff of any other agencies involved to help clients gain improvements in the way they think, behave and feel.
In the United States, 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment. Yet, in any given year, it is estimated that fewer than 1 in 5 of these children receives that needed treatment.
Without treatment, children with mental health issues are at increased risk for:
▪ School failure
▪ Contact with the criminal justice system
▪ Dependence on social services
▪ Even suicide
Occasionally, parents, teachers or others who work with students may observe a need for assistance with behaviors that can include:
● Anger Management
● Anxiety Management
● ADD or ADHD
● Conduct Disorder
● Sensory Integration Problems
● Other Mental Health Issues
Referrals are made to Minnewaska Mental Health Services CTSS from the public, school guidance offices, county health agencies and other sources by calling our program.
Clients will be assessed and then assigned to a psychologist, therapist, and/or practitioner.