Research indicates that the majority of youth who access mental health treatment connect with services at school. Washington County endeavors to remove barriers to access for youth and families by collaborating with schools and other agencies to provide mental health professionals in school buildings that can engage families and ensure a successful linkage to appropriate mental health services. There are currently two programs available:
Washington County Mental Health is also a partner in the countywide Partnership for Student Success, which includes all seven school districts, Northwest Regional Educational Service District, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare and the Commission on Children and Families. This collaboration is focused on removing barriers to learning by ensuring that children and families in need have access to mental health prevention and intervention services.