Elizabeth Fitzgerald,  LPC  -  Program  Supervisor
Behavioral health therapy is provided in many of the public  schools as well as in six School Based Health Centers (SBHC) in Deschutes  County: two in Redmond, at Lynch Elementary and Redmond High School; one in Sisters; one in La Pine, at the La Pine Community Campus; and two in Bend, at Ensworth Elementary and starting September 14, 2015 at Bend High School.

Services will also be provided at the Gilchrist SBHC one day a week.

Services offered include individual and group counseling and/or skills training for issues  including:

  • Attention deficit
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment issues
  • Family problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Impulse-control problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Oppositional behaviors
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Substance  use

How Do I Access School Based Counseling?

Services may be recommended by the school administration or requested by parents through the school counselor or teacher. Information shared by the student with the behavioral health therapist is strictly confidential and does not become part of the student’s school records.

Who Funds School Based Services?

In partnership with the Bend/La Pine and Redmond School Districts, Deschutes County Health Services provides school-based assessment, consultation and counseling services for children and youth demonstrating mental health related problems. Behavioral health therapists are assigned to specific schools identified by the school districts, where treatment is provided for students who would otherwise not have access to mental health care.