The Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region is pleased to announce an opportunity that would expand collaboration between the region and school districts within our 9-county area to provide essential brain health support for students.  This opportunity includes financial support for districts to hire or contract for a School Based Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP).

The East Central Region has committed funding for up to 6 school districts to support a Licensed Mental Health Professional within their schools.  We would like to invite districts with fewer than 1500 enrolled students to consider incorporating this position. We are offering this opportunity because we know that the demand for student support is at an all-time high and that smaller school districts may not have the immediate resources needed to provide this in-school support.  Districts may also consider sharing an FTE position with another geographically convenient district.

To be eligible, your school district should:

  • Have a commitment to supporting student Brain Health
  • Have a dedicated space available for the LMHP
  • Be willing to hire or contract with a master’s level of professional holding a current Iowa license for practicing in a field covered under an Iowa licensure law.   Eligible degrees including but not limited to psychology, counseling and guidance, nursing, or social work.

The position will be fully funded by the East Central Region for the first year of operation.  Funding will be stepped down at the following schedule:

  • Year 1- 100% funded by ECR
  • Year 2- 75% funded by ECR, 25% by the school district
  • Year 3- 50% funded by ECR, 50% by the school district
  • Year 4 and beyond- 25% funded by ECR, 75% funded by the school district

To apply for this funding opportunity, please send a letter of interest answering the following questions to Mae Hingtgen, CEO  mhingtgen@ecriowa.us

  1. Please describe why you are interested in incorporating an LMHP into your school district.
  2. Describe a plan for implementation.
  3. What data can you provide to determine need for the service?  (i.e., demonstrate needs thru data- absenteeism, disciplinary, homeless numbers, % of students with low SCS, disconnect, suicides or statics of attempts, high risk student numbers)
  4. How will you identify if a student needs to see an LMHP?
  5. Demonstrate a plan of commitment to sustain the LMHP position within your district.
  6. Due to shortage of licensed providers, would you be willing to share an LMHP with another school district within the ECR?
  7. What is your plan to get parental consent/permission for students to be seen by the school LMHP?
  8. Describe your plan to integrate the LMHP among students in order to make their presence known by the student body.   What ways will you utilize this position within areas of the school?  For example, will the LMHP be used for more general things like being present during the lunch time for students to interact and engage?
  9. How many days a week do you propose your district would utilize the LMHP?
  10. Would the school hire the LMHP directly or utilize a contracted option?
  11. What barriers would you anticipate for implementation of LMHP?

The region’s primary consideration will be schools without a current LMHP.   Applications are due by October 12, 2022.  Implementation of the school LMHP is expected to begin on or before January 1st for the the 2022/2023 school year.