For School Personnel: When and How to Request a Mental Health Evaluation
The Psychological Evaluation and Consultation Services Program was created in partnership with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) to provide comprehensive mental health evaluation services and information to both the mental health and school systems in Kalamazoo County. This collaborative effort occurs as part of Kalamazoo Wraps as the system of care values would have us all partner together for the welfare of our community children.
Mental health evaluations are not school psychology or school social worker reports and do not replace Special Education evaluations. Mental Health evaluations are designed to provide additional mental health data (in addition to intellectual and academic functioning data) to the school in order to help accommodate children’s mental health concerns that are having a negative impact on their functioning in an academic environment.
When to Request
The intended recipients of this service are children where numerous interventions have been attempted, both in the school and community that have not been successful. These evaluations are not intended to substitute for special education evaluations, functional behavior assessments, or neuropsychological evaluations. They are intensive mental health psychological evaluations intended to identify the etiology/cause of a child’s struggles in the school and home setting, and then to determine the best intervention in both settings.
Building team or district meetings are encouraged to identify students who would benefit from a mental health psychological evaluation. Consultation with Dr. Roger W. Apple is available to help determine appropriateness of referrals. Some schools have developed treatment / intervention meetings as a method to discuss referrals.
The following are suggested guidelines when considering a referral. A referral might be considered when:
How to Request
The following guidelines for securing this service were defined by (KCMHSAS).
Last Modified on January 24, 2011