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 vary 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

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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

Sign up to receive news and resource from the NCESD Behavioral Heath team in your email inbox. The team sends out a regular monthly newsletter filled with great resources, and sometimes they send “alerts” for timely information and news.


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

Vaping: Tiered Supports

Youth vaping has reached epidemic proportions, and school personnel are compelled to address it as both a health issue and a disciplinary issue. To help counselors, teachers and administrators confront youth vaping, we have investigated numerous programs for prevention, intervention and cessationBelow, in an interactive slide presentation, you will find the best resources that we have found. 

Please note the navigational links, as well as links to more information about each resource.

Should you find any broken links, please report them to Shelley Seslar at so that we can correct them right away.

In reviewing prevention resources, we have considered our Washington State Healthcare Authority guidance Prevention Tools: What works, what doesn’t. We strongly encourage you to review this resource, and to alter, discard or add to any materials that you adopt, according to this guidance and according to the norms of your school and community.

Please note that the intervention programs we highlight here are not to be used universally.

  • The intervention programs are Tier 2 programs, indicated for students who have been caught vaping in violation of school policies, or have expressed a desire to stop vaping.
  • These students should also continue to receive prevention/Tier 1 support.
  • You may choose to implement cessation, or Tier 3, programs in your school, or you might choose to refer your students to them for private, voluntary participation.

To assess suitability for your students, school and community, please preview all resources before utilizing them.

Are you contemplating logical, restorative ways of addressing vaping infractions that do not remove students from instruction? Please feel free to consult Shelley Seslar, Managing Director of Behavioral Health Services here at NCESD.

Would you like to discuss technical aspects of the various curricula we have listed for prevention and intervention? Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Moore, Regional Behavioral Health Educator here at NCESD.

Additional Resource

Vaping: Alternatives to Suspension

Vaping, a Red Flag for Student Support

The 2016 Healthy Youth Survey revealed that Washington State students who reported vaping, smoking, and using tobacco were far more likely to also be using other substances, experiencing depressive symptoms, and thinking about suicide.  While youth smoking and vaping are often more likely to be observable, these serious associated behaviors often are not readily seen until their impact has become very serious.  Thus, students who are found to be smoking and/or vaping can be considered to be giving us an early-warning indicator that they may very well be in need of social-emotional care and screening for interventions.

Vaping Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension 

NCESD Recommendations for Targeted Interventions for VAPING
Consider these intervention recommendations as alternatives, or “other forms of discipline,” to short- or long-term suspensions or in-school suspensions (i.e., exclusionary discipline).

Should you find any broken links, please report them to Shelley Seslar at so that we can correct them right away.

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

Are you interested in Behavioral Health training for your district staff? Fill out 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

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

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

Behavioral Health Services Staff Contacts


Shelley Seslar

Managing Director, Behavioral Health Services
Email Shelley Seslar

Crystal Fickey

Student Assistance Program Coordinator
Email Crystal Fickey

Regional Behavioral Health Specialist

Elizabeth Moore

Regional Behavioral Health Specialist
Email Elizabeth Moore

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

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

Leigh Allison-Ray

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

Ephrata School District

Student Assistance Professional – Ephrata School District
Email Maddie Sanchez

Destiny Romero-Williams

Educational Advocate – Quincy School District

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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