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Sycamore Schools Welcomes First Mindpeace Therapist

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to begin providing families access to private mental health services for students in the 2018-2019 school year.

After an extensive interview process with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the district is excited to announce the addition of the first of several on-site licensed therapists. Jamie Wiener will be joining the staff at Symmes Elementary to confidentially serve students with mental health challenges.

“Emotional health is a priority for our students, and we have prioritized finding the right professionals to help us achieve this,” said Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Supports Supervisor.

Wiener comes to Sycamore Schools with 15 years of experience in early childhood therapy. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology- Child Assessment and Intervention Specialization from Northwestern University in 2006. Wiener is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor and is a National Certified Counselor.

Sycamore Community Schools began collaborating in Spring of 2017 with Children’s Hospital and Mindpeace, a non-profit organization that helps align the partners, infrastructure, and processes for children’s mental health solutions between schools and local agencies.

The district plans to add a licensed therapist in each building, starting with the four elementary schools. Selecting the right candidates for the positions has been a rigorous process that will continue into the school year, said Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel.  

“We want to make sure we are providing access to the best care for students so that they can reach their full potential,” said Forsthoefel. “We appreciate the patience of our community as we continue to work through this rigorous process to ensure we do what’s best for our students and families.”

Sycamore’s partnership with Cincinnati Children’s will give students an additional option for access to mental health services beyond the services offered by our highly-trained school counselors and school psychologists. The school counseling program is an integral component of all aspects of our schools, as it helps students be emotionally healthy and ready to learn, and as mental health needs increase, so does the need for more acute care.

The partnership with Cincinnati Children’s and their services do not require any financial support from the district. Students and families needing services can cover therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay options. Assistance may be available for families experiencing financial difficulty.

Parents, teachers and school counselors can make student referrals for service. Students can also self-refer for services. Ultimately, the decision to move forward with therapeutic services is up to the family.  

Children’s Hospital will also work with our staff to ensure proper education and training in mental health services.