Volusia County Schools have five mental health response and intervention teams consisting of licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, certified addictions professionals and a service analyst. The goal of these teams is to provide identified students with direct mental health assistance and substance abuse services. Other responsibilities include:
- Reduce the risk of individuals in a crisis situation doing harm to themselves or others
- Conduct threat assessments when the initial threat assessment at the school indicated high lethality
- Connect students and families to mental health services
- Provide crisis counseling in the event of a death or tragic situation.
- Conduct evening workshops for parents and students.
- Provide small group and individual counseling sessions using evidenced based interventions.
To provide a supportive environment, the mental wellness teams offer support to schools regarding a Baker Act that may occur on campus.
Baker Act per Florida Statute 394.455(18) is:
- Impairment of the mental or emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one’s actions or of the ability to perceive or understand reality.
- Impairment substantially interferes with a person’s ability to meet the ordinary demands of living.