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School Counseling and Mental Health in the Issaquah School District

Issaquah schools provide comprehensive guidance and school counseling services in each building. All students have access to and the right to participate in these programs, which focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development to enhance the learning process, provide access to education, and support student readiness and success. Our school counseling teams plan and implement their programs with consideration for  student, family, school, and community members, and can help to connect students and families to resources and supports in our schools and community. Our ultimate goal is to help students obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to academic, career, and personal success.

Course Request Process 2024-2025

IMS Course Requests for the 2024-2025 school year are DUE BY 7:00 AM ON MONDAY, MARCH 4TH

Please see the Course Request Process page for more information.

Course Request Process

IMS Schedule Concerns 2023-2024

Per policy, we do not make changes based on elective or teacher preference. We are happy to keep preferences in mind in case shifts are necessary.

School Counselors

Allie Knechtel

Counselor - Alpha (A-K)
Issaquah Middle School

Oracio Valdez

Counselor - Alpha (L-Z)
Issaquah Middle School

Registrar

Elena Grigorieva

Registrar - Middle School
Issaquah Middle School

MTSS Specialist

Heather McDonough

TOSA - MTSS Specialist
Issaquah Middle School

School-Based Mental Health Counselor

Katherine Lincicum

School-Based Mental Health Counselor

Issaquah Middle School

LincicumK@issaquah.wednet.edu

School: 425-837-6873

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Experiencing a crisis?

Please contact one of the following helplines: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • King County local 24/7 Crisis Line (suicide, mental health, substance use): 800-621-4636
  • Crisis Text Line: text “Heal” to 741-741
  • Trevor Project (specifically for the LGBTQ+ community): 1-866-488-7386

Access Care Solace Services

  • 24/7/365 multilingual support – A multilingual team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you understand options, call providers on your behalf, and schedule an appointment
  • Care regardless of insurance – Connect to care with any coverage including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance.
  • Easy access to care – Use Care Match, the self-serve website, to find a provider or services on your own.
  • Call 888-515-0595 at any time. 
  • Search anonymously to get matched with an extensive list of care providers. Visit www.caresolace.com/issaquah and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Access Care Solace Services

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Care Solace is NOT an emergency response service or mental health service provider.

Support Roles and Responsibilities 

Mara Schwartz

Communities in Schools CIS

Full Time

Heather McDonough

MTSS Specialist

Full Time

Katherine Lincicum / Jules (Holly) Loeffler

SBMHC

Oracio Valdez / Allie Knechtel Counselor
Full Time

Liliana Medina

Family Support Liaison

Mondays only

Serve: All students / All Ages

Must complete form

Serve: All students/ All Ages

 

Serve: Students (13+) All Ages
 (13- w/ consent)- Swedish Hospital Consent Form

Swedish ROI form

Serve: All students
Students w/ 504 ROI Form

Serve: All students/ All Ages

(Primarily Immigrant families)

Access: Tier II Process

Access: Teacher Direct/ Tiered Process

Access: Counselors/ Tier II Referral 

Access: Students through the Office or QR code

Access: Tier II/ Counselors/ Admin/ Front Desk/ Registrar

  • Tier II member
  • Administer CICO
  • Attendance Support
  • School wide needs assessment site support plan
  • Case Manager (30-40) Students
  • Support MTSS
  • Creates goals for behavior for the school
  • Coordinates supports to meet basic needs
  • Forming community partnerships of support
  • Home visits
  • Help families (leaving campus) and deliver food
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Academic
  • SEL
  • Can refer families to outside supports and community resources
  • Tier II Leader
  • Attendance Co-Lead
  • Equity Co-Lead
  • LEA Rep
  • MTSS Framework Specialist
  • Safety Care District Trainer
  • Administer CICO
  • Programming behavior support (Non-IEP BIP)
  • Data Specialist
  • Tier 1 MVP
  • Tier 1 Golden Ticket
  • Homeroom Support
  • Support Coordination
  • Behavior lesson creator
  • Meeting with parents of students at risk
  • Individual student conversations detentions
  • Tier II Member
  • Short-term mental health support
  • Equity Team Member
  • Threat assessment support
  • Student Intern Advisor
    • Intern-Academic Intervention
  • Request for outpatient therapy
  • Tier II members
  • Mental Health Education
  • 504 referral and Management
  • Anxiety/ Depression Support
  • Ref. to SBMHC (Katherine)
  • Short term counseling
  • Scheduling
  • Academic counseling
  • 1:1 Support
  • VOICE Coordinator (Oracio)
  • High Cap
  • Equity Co-Lead (Oracio)
  • Self-harm Response
  • McKinney Vento
  • Classroom Presentations
  • CICO
  • Partner with family and teacher conversations
  • Equity Team member
  • Serves as a Voice Mentor
  • Attendance Support
  • Immigrant family support
    • navigating systems
    • registration
    • requirements
    • explain about immunizations
  • Help families fill out forms
  • Helps families where English is not their first language
  • Can help staff connect to interpreter and translation services

Can Ref Families to:

  • Inside/Outside Food Support
  • Inside/ Outside Counseling support
  • Inside/ Outside Community Support
  • Inside/Outside Academic Support

Can Ref Families to:

  • Inside Counseling
  • Katherine-SBMHC
  • Inside Food Support
  • Inside Academic Support
  • Panther Closet
  • Mara/Liliana

Can Ref Families to:

  • Inside Counseling
  • Katherine-SBMHC
  • Inside Food Support
  • Panther Closet
  • Mara/Liliana

Can Ref Families to:

  • Inside Counseling
  • Katherine-SBMHC
  • Inside Food Support
  • Panther Closet
  • Mara/Liliana
  • Inside Academic Support

Can Ref Families to:

  • Social Worker
  • Circle
  • Food Bank
  • WA Health Ins. / Apple Health undocumented families
  • IEP/504/Guidance team explanation and advocate
  • Inside Academic Support

Lisa Williams

Social Worker
Full Time

Scott Gross

BCBA / 2214 Lead
Wed/ Thurs

Ryan McGlynn

Social Worker
Mon Morning / Wed / Fri

James Wood

School Phycologist

Full Time

Serve: All Students

Serve: Students w/ IEP+ BIP (2214)

Special Services

Serve: Students w/ IEP+ BIP (2214)
Special Services

Serve: Students w/ IEP
Newly referred

Access: Tier II

Access: Tier III Process/ SPED

Access: Tier III / SPED

Access: SPED/ Teacher Referral/ Parent contact for ref. 

  • Tier II member
  • Administer CICO
  • Attendance Support
  • Support MTSS
  • Home visits
  • Small Group Instruction
    • Academic
    • SEL
  • Tier III Member
  • 2214 Behavior Lead
  • PD on Behavior
  • FBA/BIP Writing
  • Extended School Year (ESY) case manager
  • More intensive Program Designer
  • Can refer for 1 t o1
  • Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Consult for Teachers and Case Managers (LRC1 and LRC2)
  • ABA Behaviorist
  • Run Wrap meetings/ DDA Support Person
  • Support small SEL Groups
  • Tier II Member
  • Tier III Member
  • Home visit support
  • 2214 Behavior Support
  • Mental Health/Trauma Support
  • Safety Care District Trainer
  • PD on De-Escalation
  • Tier II Team Member
  • Tier III Facilitator
  • Consultation Support
  • Eval Coordinator
  • Working w/ Case Managers
  • Child Find Point Person
  • Evaluations - 35-day timeline
  • Parent consult for eval
  • Guidance Team Leader
  • Direct SPED info from the district
  • PD for SPED
  • Gen Ed consultations
  • Student Intern Advisor

 

Can Ref Families to:

  • District Support
  • ABA Agencies for students on an IEP
  • ESY School Support

Can Ref Families to:

  • Wise, WRAP services
  • DDA
  • Brooks Powers
  • District Support
  • Sound Services
  • CARE coordination
  • Inside Academic Support

Can Ref Families to:

  • Inside Counseling
  • Katherine-SBMHC
  • Inside Food Support
  • Panther Closet
  • Inside/Outside Academic Support