Mental Wellness Teams

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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.