Healthy Minds Fairfax provides prevention and intervention through:
- Fairfax County Public Schools Crisis Intervention Program, which allows students the opportunity to process difficult experiences and regain emotional stability in the aftermath of a tragedy. If a parent or guardian is concerned that his or her child is experiencing a crisis, he or she can contact his or her child’s school counselor, psychologist or social worker. Fairfax County Public School guidance counselors, psychologists and social workers form a mental health team, which can provide crisis counseling and short-term or ongoing individual, group and family counseling as needed.
- Fairfax County Public Schools Psychology Services, whose psychologists provide direct services to students and parents by addressing the relationship between learning and mental health issues, assisting families in dealing with crises, providing short-term individual and group counseling related to learning and school issues, and helping to conduct behavioral assessments and develop intervention plans.
- Fairfax County Public Schools Return to Learn, which helps students returning to school following an extended absence, including those due to a mental health challenge. School counselors, psychologists and social workers help develop an educational plan that includes any modifications the students may require, such as an adjusted schedule or work expectations and/or academic support.
- Fairfax County Public Schools Social Work Services, whose social workers provide crisis intervention, behavioral consultation to staff and parents, and individual and group counseling. The social workers also serve as liaisons between home, school and community, collaborating with local agencies to offer services through the Virginia Children’s Services Act as necessary.