MAPS continues to make every effort to provide the best learning environment for our students, but we also recognize that students have difficulty reporting their conflicts and understanding how to manage their stressors and traumas.
The CareConnect program, through generous grant funding, has created opportunities to work in conjunction with community agencies to provide resources for behavioral health outreach benefitting our students and families, while also supporting MAPS staff.
Let our CareConnect staff know how we can help you.
Feeling anxious about COVID-19 is a normal reaction that people of all ages are currently managing. Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding schoolwork
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
CareConnect is a community collaboration allowing the Human Services Collaborative Body, Manistee Intermediate School District, Centra Wellness Network, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and MAPS to work together to create improved support and better student outcomes.
Working together, the CareConnect partners have identified the need for improved crisis response education, coordinated community services for students and their families, and enhanced engagement with families and community members. The intent of CareConnect is to expand and enhance current services provided within the MAPS school system to address these needs.
Project Goals / Objectives
The objective of the CareConnect project is to improve and increase prevention, early identification and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders by:
- Increasing numbers of children and seniors receiving behavioral health services and, ultimately, integrating these services with needed dental and medical services;
- Increasing screening of children for depression, anxiety, trauma and substance abuse;
- Increasing screening, referrals and tracking for social determinants of health;
- Conducting community screening events at schools or other community venues; and
- Increasing human service workforce skills in trauma-informed care and community-wide awareness of trauma and resilience.
The CareConnect project focuses on some of the most vulnerable residents of Manistee County – students and senior citizens. County Health Rankings Data shows rates higher than the national average in Manistee for:
- Frequent mental distress
- Adult obesity
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Teen births
- Drug overdose deaths
- Excessive drinking
- Children in poverty
- % uninsured
- Violent crime
- Severe housing problems
Request for Services
How to Make a Referral
Where to Submit Request
Chrome link on staff computers to referral page, list student name / grade / reason for referral, service requested (community resource vs. therapy)
Chrome link on student computers (aged 14 +) for self-referral
Chrome links on website for parents to refer students
How to Submit Request
- Family, staff or student (if 14+ and seeking confidential services) complete and sign consent and health history form
What Happens Next
- CareConnect coordinator will review referral, open case and assign CareConnect staff, and appointment will be scheduled
- Student will receive pass to attend appointment**
**Effort will be made to avoid scheduling during students most challenging courses, and to alternate appointments for different class times.
Health & Privacy
MAPS has entered into a Business Associate Agreement with NMHSI and Centra Wellness and agreed to follow the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), ensuring that all health information will be protected.
- HIPAA is different from FERPA – all identifiable information relating to health matters is private and protected.
- Staff must keep information confidential – including protecting written documents like the health history / consent form from unintentional disclosure, and protecting facts of students receiving healthcare (no discussing who is receiving therapy or for what reasons)
- Failure to protect Health Information can result and fines and prison terms.
CareConnect Tiers of Service
In Classroom Intervention
Group Work and/or SafeNet Referral
One-on-One Support/Care Connect Referral
Types of Service
Assessment for Mental Health Therapy (Individual/Family/Group)
- Performed by Behavioral Health Therapists from MAPS and NMHSI. Billed to insurance.
- Confidentially available on a limited basis (12 visits) for students aged 14 + in accordance with the state Mental Health Code. No bill is sent.
Screening and Consultation
- Emergent review screening
- Consultation with staff
- Referrals to CentraWellness for enhanced services such as:
- Case Management
- Home Based Services for students/families with serious and/or chronic mental illness
- Referrals to community resources for family need by Community Health Worker:
- Insurance Assistance
- Food Resources, etc
- Referrals to therapists working at MAPS sites through CareConnect Coordinator
CareConnect Staff & Organizational Partner Roles
The CareConnect project provides:
- Two full-time behavioral health therapists and full-time community health worker working in the MAPS schools and at the senior center.
- A portion of time (.25 FTE) for a registered dental hygienist, family nurse practitioner and coordinator.
- For Northwest Michigan Health Services to work with existing providers in the schools to integrate services in the best way possible.
- The Principal of each school building is the gatekeeper for student’s admission to SafeNet services
- Coordinator – Kelsey Rhodes (MAPS), Assists in behavioral health referrals within MAPS.
- SafeNet Staff – Tracy Shimel and Scott Solbert (CWN) – Provide Prevention Services and liaison between home and school, partner with parents, teachers and students to promote positive life skills / parenting skills / social-emotional learning.
- Behavioral Health Therapist – Sonya Broadbent (CWN) Works in coordination with Priscilla Anglemyer (NMHSI), Behavioral Health Therapist to provide assessment, screening, diagnostics, and treatment.
Northwest Michigan Health Services (NMHSI)
- Behavioral Health Therapist –Priscilla Anglemyer (NMHSI) works with Sonya Broadbent (MAPS) to provide assessment, screening, diagnostics, treatment (individual, group or family) mental health therapy and some coordination of services to students identified with mild to moderate mental health issues, also children diagnosed with Severe Emotional Disorders that do not require psychiatric or case management services may also be seen by the Behavioral Health Therapist.
- Community Health Worker – Cheryl Wolfram (NMHSI) – Assists students / families with scheduling and keeping appointments for mental health and health-related visits, connects families to community resources needed to address social determinants of health.
- Coordinator – Alicia Harmon (NMHSI), assists in coordination of health services as well as Behavioral Health for NMHSI clients. Each Coordinator processes required paperwork to open a case and assign referrals to CareConnect as appropriate; they will see to the day-to-day smooth operation of programs.
Your CareConnect Team
Kelsey Rhodes, MAPS CareConnect Coordinator
Kelsey attended Carthage College in Wisconsin earning a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings throughout her professional life, and within Manistee Area Public Schools since 2016. She was born and raised in the California suburbs, has lived in a few other states in between and is now happy to call Manistee home. She is passionate about supporting the students in our community through their struggles and successes. She is thrilled to continuing this work.
Cheryl Wolfram, Community Health Worker, Northwest Michigan Health Services
Cheryl has a wealth of experience in workforce development (with a focus on youth and career education). She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned her BA in English and History and also earned her teaching certificate. She has been a resident of Manistee County since the 1980’s and is looking forward to serving as a resource for Manistee students and families. Cheryl has a wealth of information about community resources, having been on the Human Services Collaborative Board for the past 15 years and serves on the school board for CASMAN Academy.
Alicia Harmon, Enabling Services Manager, Northwest Michigan Health Services
Alicia has been with Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc for 2 years, coming to the organization from Oceana County Medical Care facility where she was a Certified Nursing Assistant. Alicia is a Certified Community Health Worker, and has a background in early childhood education. Alicia is passionate about identifying people’s needs and connecting them to the resources that help make a difference in their lives. Alicia will be helping to coordinate activities of the CareConnect therapist and Community Health Worker.
Scott Solberg, SafeNet, Certified Prevention Specialist, Centra Wellness Network
Scott is a Manistee High School graduate that went on to earn his BS in Psychology/Sociology from Grand Valley State University. After working 20 years in the Grand Rapids area in the mental health field, Scott and his family moved back to Manistee where he has been working with kids at Kennedy Elementary for the past 16 years. (yes, he’s old !!) Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with youth affected by trauma and neglect and looks forward to continuing to help kids and families in need.
Sonya Broadbent, Behavioral Health Therapist, CentraWellness Network
After Graduating from Manistee High School, Sonya went on to obtain her Bachelors degree in Psychology, as well as her Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Sonya enjoys working in the school setting with MMHS students, to help enhance their emotional wellbeing. She is passionate about empowering the youth in Manistee, and feels that the ability to help others is both a privilege and a blessing.
Priscilla Anglemyer, Behavioral Health Therapist, Northwest Michigan Health Services
Priscilla graduated from Caladonia High School and went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Baker College in Muskegon and Western Michigan University for her master’s degree in Social Work. She has 7 years of case management experience, building trained skills in dialectical behavior therapy, is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has 2 years of experience in therapy with youth in a residential treatment facility. Priscilla would like to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and families that she serves and looks forward to seeing a positive outcome that will change their lives.
Tracy Shimel, SafeNet, Centra Wellness Network
Tracy has experience working with at risk students from K-12th grade, Florida, Ludington and Manistee. Tracy earned a BA from Michigan State University, where she holds both an elementary teaching certificate and a Certified Prevention Specialist Certification. She has prior experience as a case manager, making referrals to local resources within the community. She has been a resident of Mason County, and spent some time teaching in the Tampa, FL area. Tracy serves on the Board of Directors for Disability Network, and has continued building relationships with the students and families in the Manistee community.
Manistee Area Public Schools
MAPS continues to make every effort to provide the best learning environment for our students, but we also recognize that students have difficulty reporting their conflicts and understanding how to manage their stressors and traumas. The CareConnect program, through generous grant funding, has created opportunities to work in conjunction with community agencies to provide resources to create behavioral health outreach for our students and families, while also supporting MAPS staff.
Centra Wellness Network
Centra Wellness Network is the publicly funded Community Mental Health Service Provider for Manistee and Benzie Counties. In collaboration with providers and community partners, Centra Wellness Network serves more than 1,200 individuals annually. CWN administers the SafeNet programming available in the MAPS district, although not funded by the CareConnect grants, plays a critical role in student support.
Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.
Northwest Michigan Health Services is dedicated to providing quality healthcare through a wide range of health services to the people in our communities, always serving with dignity and compassion. NMHSI welcomes anyone seeking health care, regardless of their income, occupation, age, ethnicity, or country of origin. Since 1968, NMHSI has provided culturally appropriate primary medical and dental care, serving seven counties in northwest lower Michigan.
Manistee Intermediated School District
Located in Manistee County, the Manistee Intermediate School District is a regional service agency which provides instructional and administrative services to four public school districts, two public academies and two non-public schools. They serve the community by helping all learners reach their full potential. MISD partnered with MAPS to secure Michigan Department of Education funding for CareConnect programming.
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund Grant was awarded in October 2019 to Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. allowing the placement of a full-time behavioral health counselor in the MAPS district, along with a community health worker who will facilitate an integrated model to assure students also get connected to medical and oral health care.
Michigan Department of Education School Mental Health & Support Services Grant
CareConnect is funded in part by the Michigan department of Education 31n School Mental Health & Support Services grant. Awarded in August of 2019 through an effort with the Manistee Intermediate School District, this funding is to be used strategically to meet unmet local needs and fill gaps in mental health services within the MAPS district. This funding allows for a Master Level Clinical Social Worker to be hired to fill the behavioral health services role within the MAPS district. Centra Wellness Network will hire, provide education, support, and supervision for the full-time Clinical Social Worker serving at sites identified by the school.