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SCS Mental Health Center

The Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center (SCSMHC) operates under the aegis of the Department of Exceptional Children (CSH) and is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to provide school-based treatment and support for students who are struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges. Our work also creates a vital link between home, school, and community, helping remove psychosocial barriers to academic success.

Established in 1969 as a comprehensive school-based urban mental health center, the first of its kind in the nation, SCSMHC has since received honors from both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). We take very seriously our role as stewards of this great legacy and are proud of our long and productive relationship with the children and families of Memphis and Shelby County. SCSMHC employs 70+ licensed school social workers, school psychologists, alcohol & drug counselors, and supervising psychologists, and offers a variety of school-based services designed to help maintain academic, social and emotional adjustment throughout childhood and adolescence including the following:

  • Diagnostic assessment and psychological testing
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Crisis intervention and triage
  • Threat assessment
  • Integrated alcohol & drug treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental disorder
  • Alternative and Innovative School programs
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • Parent and teacher consultation
  • School-wide and targeted prevention activities
  • Programs for pregnant and parenting students
  • Parent coaching and support
  • Therapeutic Summer Programs

Although most of our referrals come from school staff, we welcome inquiries from parents. All of our therapeutic services require parental consent and are confidential. Contact us at 416-8484. For more information regarding programs and services offered by Exceptional Children and Health Services, visit http://www.edugoodies.com/echs .