Behavioral Health Services

The NCESD Behavioral Support Services team supports districts in efforts to enhance students’ emotional and behavioral wellness while seeking to reduce or remove related non-academic barriers to learning. Our goal is to assist students to be emotionally and behaviorally healthy and supported so they may attend and engage at school to their fullest potential and graduate ready to achieve their goals in life.

The services offered by the Student Support Services Department varies somewhat annually, integrating a number of funding sources, but an enduring core of our work has been and remains the Student Assistance Program. We also offer a menu of training and technical assistance offerings for school staff related to student emotional and behavioral health, skills, programs, and strategies.

What does Behavioral Health mean?

Behavioral Health is defined as the promotion of mental health, resilience and wellbeing; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities. (SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)

Contact Information

Shelley Seslar

Managing Director, Behavioral Health Services
shelleys@ncesd.org
509-665-2626

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Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming events listed on pdEnroller with the tag “Behavioral Health” will appear below. You can also view all upcoming events on pdEnroller.

Annual Calendar

The calendar below is for your reference of student health campaigns through the year. We keep this document updated. You can view the Google Doc here.

News & Resources

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VIEW DECEMBER 2022 NEWSLETTER

Archives

Check out our archive of past resources and news below. Use the filters to narrow down the topic you are interested in learning about.

  • Published on: January 19, 2023

    The Healthy Relationship Toolkit, adapted from Safe Dates, teaches communication and conflict resolution skills, challenges gender stereotypes and includes an extensive list of feeling words.

  • Published on: December 15, 2022

    A list of curated resources aligned with the NCESD Behavioral Health team’s monthly email newsletter; January's resources are about general mental health care.

  • Published on: December 13, 2022

    A FREE, six-module training series, Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), is now available to help educators create safe and supportive learning environments for students, and to respond appropriately when mental health concerns become evident.

  • Published on: December 13, 2022

    The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains a comprehensive Mental Health website that includes a definition of mental health, a discussion of common myths surrounding mental health, descriptions of numerous mental health disorders and several ways of getting help for mental health disorders.

  • Published on: December 13, 2022

    The Mental Health & High School Curriculum is a FREE resource available to educators for teaching concepts of mental health to students in grades 9 and 10.

  • Published on: December 12, 2022

    For anyone in need of assistance in accessing Behavioral Health services in North Central Washington, we now have a Behavioral Health Advocate who can help.

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  • Published on: December 12, 2022

    In Part Four, Shelley will describe some of the logistics necessary to ensure successful implementation of a UMHS event and provide three critical resources to support UMHS implementation.

  • Published on: November 21, 2022

    Throughout our North Central region, in various creative and memorable ways, schools observed Unity Day, a day to celebrate kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

  • Published on: November 16, 2022

    A list of curated resources aligned with the NCESD Behavioral Health team’s monthly email newsletter; December resources are focus on managing stress.

  • Published on: November 16, 2022

    Ideas on how adults who interact with students can help those who may be faced with stressful, and sometimes dangerous, situations during holiday breaks.

  • Published on: November 16, 2022

    Seven common issues families may experience during the holidays and how you can set a peaceful example and avoid upsetting others.

  • Published on: November 16, 2022

    By employing stress management strategies, adults can set a calm example and keep the home or school environment peaceful.

  • Published on: November 16, 2022

    The Mayo Clinic, encourages us to “take control of the holidays” by acting in advance to avoid stress and depression, and by planning toward peace and joy.

  • Published on: October 26, 2022

    A list of curated resources aligned with the NCESD Behavioral Health team’s monthly email newsletter; December resources are focus on kindness and gratitude.

  • Published on: October 25, 2022

    Introduce gratitude into the classroom with a Gratitude Journal activity for students. Learn about the activity and get inspiration with some guiding discussion questions.

  • Published on: October 25, 2022

    Recommendations on how educators and other school personnel can best support youth who are transgender. Information from interview with Light Estrada Gonzalez.

  • Published on: October 25, 2022

    Kindness in the Classroom© is a free social-emotional learning curriculum from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). There are resources available for grades PK-12.

  • Published on: October 25, 2022

    Explore the important preparation for success - developing your school’s WHY, the rationale for Universal Mental Health Screening (UMHS) in your community.

  • Published on: October 12, 2022

    In this poignant video, less than two minutes in length, US Surgeon General Dr. Murthy speaks out about the prevalence and harmful consequences – to all involved: persons who bully, persons targeted, and witnesses – of bullying behavior.

  • Published on: October 10, 2022

    Shelley outlines the initial steps critical to implementing your first UMHS - working with your school team and community mental health partners to prepare for your event.

  • Published on: October 10, 2022

    Hope Squad is an evidence- and research-based, peer-support program shown to improve school culture, destigmatize mental health challenges, and, ultimately, to save lives.

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  • Published on: October 10, 2022

    Would you like to help students assess their own behavior in regard to bullying? Have they at times been bullied? Have they witnessed bullying? Have they bullied others?

  • Published on: October 10, 2022

    A list of curated resources aligned with the NCESD Behavioral Health team’s monthly email newsletter; December resources are focus on bullying prevention.

  • Published on: September 19, 2022

    A variety of resources like the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions toolkit to evaluate whether a student is at suicide risk. Other resources include Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

  • Published on: September 19, 2022

    An introduction to Universal Mental Health Screening (UMHS), an emerging best practice similar to other school-based health screenings, like scoliosis, BMI, vision, and hearing.

  • Published on: September 19, 2022

    A list of curated resources aligned with the NCESD Behavioral Health team’s monthly email newsletter; September resources are focus on suicide prevention.

  • Published on: September 10, 2022

    OSPI's Model District Template for Student Social, Emotional, and Behavioral, and Mental Health Recognition, Screening, and Response document is intended to provide a template to district and building administrators and student support professionals.

  • Published on: September 10, 2022

    TeacherWISE is a 6-hour self-paced online training to support teacher self-care and classroom climate from the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland.

  • Published on: September 10, 2022

    Seize the Awkward may be an ideal first step in preparing a class, club, or entire student body for focused suicide prevention activities.

  • Published on: September 10, 2022

    Help is Available 24/7! Share these numbers with students, parents and colleagues: 988 Suicide and Crisis Line, Crisis Text Line 741741, Teen Link, and Teen Line.

  • Published on: September 9, 2022

    A resource to support our school staff’s well-being is the Happiness Calendar. Each month a new daily calendar for a month of activities intended to encourage adults to focus on their own well-being and also that of their community.

  • Published on: September 6, 2022

    The 2x10 Strategy is a research-based strategy to build an authentic relationship and decrease negative classroom behaviors.

Trainings, Programs & Technical Assistance

Our team keeps the slides below updated with the latest information about trainings, programs and assistance that NCESD can provide to school districts. For more information, please connect with Shelley Seslar at shelleys@ncesd.org.

Are you interested in Behavioral Health training for your district staff? Fill our our Request Form

Emotional & Behavioral Distress Planning

Our team updates the slides below on a regular basis with information about Emotional & Behavioral Distress Planning. For more information, please contact Shelley Seslar at shelleys@ncesd.org.

Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention

Our team updates the slides below on a regular basis with information about Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention. For more information, please contact Shelley Seslar at shelleys@ncesd.org.

Local Resources & Crisis Lines

Our team keeps the information below updated with the latest information. If you see something that needs to be updated or added, please contact Shelley Seslar at shelleys@ncesd.org.

Student Support Services Staff Contacts

Administrative

Shelley Seslar

Managing Director, Behavioral Health Services
Email Shelley Seslar
509-665-2626

Crystal Fickey

Student Assistance Program Coordinator
Email Crystal Fickey
509-300-4981

Chelan County – Student Assistance Professionals

Amy McCubbin

Student Assistance Professional – Wenatchee School District
Email Amy McCubbin

Armando Davila

Student Assistance Professional – Lake Chelan District
Email Armando Davila

Karly Kingrey

Student Assistance Professional – Cashmere District
Email Karly Kingrey

Shelley Valdez-Schultz

Student Assistance Professional – Wenatchee School District
Email Shelley Valdez-Schultz

Douglas County – Student Assistance Professionals

Jill Moomaw

Student Assistance Professional – Waterville School District

Grant County – Student Assistance Professionals

Arely Nunez

Student Assistance Professional – Soap Lake School District
Email Arely Nunez

Dylan Kling

Student Assistance Professional – Quincy School District
Email Dylan Kling

Destiny Romero-Williams

Educational Advocate – Quincy School District

Leigh Allison-Ray

Student Assistance Professional – Moses Lake School District
Email Leigh Allison-Ray

Ephrata School District

This position is currently open. Please reach out to Shelley Seslar if you are interested in learning more.

Okanogan County – Student Assistance Professionals

Susan Hinger

Student Assistance Professional – Oroville School District & Tonasket School District
Email Susan Hinger

Lesa Eiffert

Student Assistance Professional – Omak School District
Email Lesa Eiffert

Lynell Morrison-Nelson

Educational Advocate – Omak School District
Email Lynell Morrison-Nelson

Readiness to Learn Program

Wenatchee School District

Entiat School District

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