The following community resource can be especially helpful for children with mental health issues and their families. However, these services are available to other families, as well.
Name of Program: The Collaborative Service Team.
Scope of program: The service team is made up of 13 individuals who work throughout Crow Wing County. The primary goal is to create partnerships or linkages between families and the schools and community.
We do this through a variety of activities. We inform families of formal and informal services available to them in the community and assist them in accessing these resources as is appropriate. We provide group and individual skills training to children and their families, including in-home interventions. We assist in crisis situations (transportation, appointments, resources, etc).
We work closely with school staff and community agencies to help provide resources and strategies that assist them in meeting the needs of children and families. We provide a variety of trainings to parents, students and professionals.
There is no cost for our services. Funding is provided by the Crow Wing County Family Services Collaborative with in-kind support from the schools and other community agencies.
Who it's for: The program is specifically designed as a support service to any and all children and families who live in Crow Wing County. We focus on early intervention and prevention of a variety of challenges that students and families face. We are strengths/assets based. The workers have offices in the schools throughout the county. Contacting the school your child attends or the coordinator of the program is the best way to access the service team.
Below is the service team roster. If you just want to contact the school your student attends, that would work, too.
Who's involved in providing and implementing the program: See list below.
How to support this program: Contact Pat Sharbonda, Collaborative Team Coordinator, at 855-5529.
Collaborative Service Team:
* Teppi Bundy, Cuyuna Range Elementary School, Crosby, (218) 546-5121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bundy has 15 years of experience working with children and families. She will complete her bachelor's degree in children and family studies within the next two years. She most recently worked as a family services provider for Crow Wing County.
* Irene Sundboom, Crosby Junior High School, 821-1246, email@example.com
Sundboom has more than 20 years of experience in the human/social services field. She most recently worked in five schools in the Shakopee school district in the role of cultural liaison to the Latino communities.
* Tina Crowley, Pequot Lakes, (218) 568-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowley holds a bachelor of social work degree with an emphasis in human relations and women studies. Crowley has more than 10 years of experience working with children and families.
* Roxanne Soukup, Pequot Lakes, (218) 568-9250
Soukup has 12 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings and capacities. Soukup most recently worked at the Minnesota Learning Center.
* Heather Liebel, Lowell Elementary School, Brainerd, 829-3622, email@example.com
Liebel holds a bachelor of arts in criminology with minors in psychology and sociology. Liebel has six years of experience working with children and families. She most recently worked as a resource counselor for Port Family Services.
* Lisa Sater, Lincoln Elementary School, Brainerd, 829-4022, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sater holds a bachelor of science degree in K-12 vocal and instrumental music. She has had a variety of ongoing education experiences. Sater has 19 years of experience working with children and families.
* Erica Henke, Franklin Junior High School, Brainerd, 855-6500, email@example.com
Henke holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation administration/recreation therapy. She has six years of experience working with children and families. She most recently worked as a resource counselor for Port Family Services.
* Carol Svaldi, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, 828-6716, firstname.lastname@example.org
Svaldi holds a master of social work degree. She has 30 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings and capacities. She most recently worked as coordinator of mental health services and program development for InVest.
* Janine Pachelli, Garfield Elementary School, Brainerd, 824-0033, email@example.com
Pachelli holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in educational psychology. She has three years of experience working with kids and families. She has worked as a youth programs specialist and has done substitute teaching. She also has experience in public relations and marketing.
* Heather Isle, Riverside Elementary School, Brainerd, 829-3631; Whittier Elementary School, Brainerd, 829-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org
Isle holds a bachelor of science degree in applied psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling. She has five years of experience working with children and families, most recently in the Hill City Day Treatment Program.
* Becky Stadem, Baxter Elementary School, 829-9161; Nisswa Elementary School, 963-2288, email@example.com
Stadem holds a bachelor of science degree. She has 12 years of experience working with children and families. She has served on several committees and councils focusing on the well being of children and families.
* Dale Farnam, Brainerd High School, 824-6236, firstname.lastname@example.org
Farnam has worked more than 11 years with youths and families in a variety of settings. He has facilitated parent trainings, coordinated a diversion program for juveniles and has extensive experience in counseling. He most recently worked for PORT Group Homes, Inc.
* Tonya Arndt, Harrison Elementary School, Brainerd, 829-4053, email@example.com
Arndt holds a degree in social work and is a licensed school social worker. She has six years of experience working with children and families. She has worked as a school social worker in the Elk River school district and most recently worked for the elementary day treatment program in Pillager.
* Pat Sharbonda, coordinator, 855-5529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharbonda holds a bachelor of social work degree. He has 15 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings in both direct care as well as supervision and administration.
(This spotlight on children's mental health is sponsored by the Crow Wing County Local Advisory Council on Children's Mental Health.)
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