The mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s (EBRPSS) department of Mental Health Services is to facilitate individual and school change through empowerment, collaboration, counseling, and service. Our vision is to assist students and their families in building and maintaining healthy relationships with their schools and communities while recognizing and celebrating individual differences, accomplishments, and choices.
Our goal is to listen through therapy sessions; advocate for students and families and their needs and rights; collaborate with teachers, administrators, school counselors and other support staff to provide services to clients; assess and aid students in crisis; mediate and provide conflict resolution and refer students and their families to external community resources and services as needed.
The EBRPSS has been organized into five regions. Currently, each region is assigned one social worker who responds to referrals from School Counselors, I CARE Specialists, and 504 Coordinators to address students who have been identified as needing Tier 3 support. Tier 3 support is defined as intensive, individual intervention to address concerns that either pose an immediate threat to a student’s well-being, significantly interfere with a student’s academic performance, or indicate a need for short term support not resolved by Tier 1 or Tier 2 intervention.
North – Chalonda Hollins
Broadmoor – Sherwood – Ateisha Cage
Mid-City – Amanda Bitting
Highland – Old South Baton Rouge – D’Atria London
Southeast Region – Shalandrea Griffin
Education and Experience
Social workers hold a Master’s degree in social work and upon completion of licensure acquisition, they can diagnose, and treat individuals in accordance with Louisiana law. They possess the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure requiring no supervision, or the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure requiring supervision if they provide clinical intervention. Additionally, school social workers must have a valid certification from the Louisiana Department of Education.
Social workers maintain a high standard of professional conduct. They are governed by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, the National Association of Social Workers code of ethics, and the School Social Work Association of America. The Louisiana legislature outlines the professional and occupational standards by which all social workers must adhere.
Staff Member Expectations:
Receive referral and consult with referral source
Acquire written consent from the parent/guardian
Complete psychosocial assessment and develop a plan of care
Provide interventions to address the area(s) of concern through individual or group counseling/therapy
Terminate sessions with the student upon completing goals or recommendation of more intensive intervention
Communicate outcome with parent and referral source
Document all phases of referral, assessment, interventions and termination
Maintain documentation in an encrypted, district approved database
Provide professional development to assigned schools as needed/requested
Staff cases with supervisor and team
Maintain a professional connection with school personnel and parents