Unified Mental Health Teams
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) believes in educating the whole child through an emphasis on academic, behavior, and social-emotional strategies and interventions.
The Unified Mental Health Team (UMHT) initiative began in 2017 with high school and continued in 2018 with middle school. As part of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, all secondary Unified Mental Health Teams meet on a monthly basis to discuss and develop action plans to support mental health and wellness prevention and intervention. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, reviewing and responding to climate and student data, providing professional learning in areas such as Restorative Practices, and promoting programs such as Sources of Strength and PEER. Working in collaboration with both community partners and student groups, schools are focused on creating an environment that is inclusive, safe, and engaging.
At the secondary level, members of the UMHT include the following individuals: Administrator, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Counselor, Nurse, Student Assistance Specialist, Special Education Dean (high school only), and School Counseling Director (high school only).
Elementary schools also support mental health through their school-based school counselors as well as their school psychologists and social workers. Students receive ongoing lessons from their school counselors focusing on development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being, and an understanding of, and respect for self and others and the skills to be responsible citizens.