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Support Services

Jennie Berkley, Assistant Superintendent, HR & Support Services

Jennie Berkley, Assist. Superintendent, HR & Student Services

Contact Information
Jennie Berkley     Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources & Student Services
Phone:   513.576.8129
Fax:   513.965.6159


Lynsa Davie

Lynsa Davie, Coord. Student Services

Contact Information
Lynsa Davie     Coordinator of Student Services
Phone:   513.831.1314
Fax:   513.965.6159


District Mental Health Services

Will Cates, Mental Health Coordinator

Will Cates, Mental Health Coordinator

Contact Information
Will Cates     Mental Health Coordinator
Phone:   513.576.2284
Fax:   513.965.6159


MEVSD Mental Health Processes and Referral Procedures

Prevention & Case Management Services:

If a student exhibits marked social or emotional difficulties, recurrent behavioral concerns, or challenges in their home-environment which cause a disruption to their adaptive functioning in the academic environment, it might be an indication that they are struggling with treatable mental health symptoms.

Notify and/or consult with your building administrator, or appointed/appropriate building staff member (e.g., school psychologist, professional school counselor) to determine if a prevention referral to the school-based Child Focus service provider is indicated. – see building administrative staff for preference.

If it is determined that a prevention referral is appropriate, identify and agree on who will be completing the referral form.

Prior to completing and submitting a prevention referral form, make contact with the parent/guardian regarding your concerns, and notify the parent/guardian of your intent to refer the student for prevention services with the school-based Child Focus service-provider.

This is important for a number of reasons:

  1. It lets the parent/guardian know that their child is experiencing difficulties in school (the parent/guardian may not have previously been aware). The parent/guardian may be able to take action at home to help address the concerns the student is experiencing.
  2. It forms the foundational dynamic for the school and family to collaboratively address the student’s needs.
  3. It prepares the parent/guardian for the paperwork which will be sent home by the Child Focus service-provider. If a referral is made without a parent/guardian’s knowledge, it might appear as though the school is making decisions regarding mental health treatment for the student without the parent/guardian’s consent. This puts our mental health service providers in a challenging position to explain, on the school’s behalf, why the student was referred for mental health services. 

If notification has been made and/or permission obtained by the parent/guardian, you will find blank referral forms and a folder in the Child Focus mailbox in the main office. Complete the referral form as accurately as possible, and place the completed referral in the folder. 

The Child Focus service-provider will meet with the student within 10 days of receiving the referral, and they will determine the appropriate level of care (e.g., limited prevention services, case management, therapy). The Child Focus service-provider will complete the necessary referrals for additional and/or more intensive services. 

Mental Health Therapy (MHS, MJHS, & MSA):

For staff at Milford High School, Milford Junior High School, and Milford Success Academy: referrals to the Children’s Home of Cincinnati for school-based therapy services will only be handled by our school counselors, school psychologist, Child Focus service-providers, or appropriate building administrative staff.

Mental health therapy services are determined on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we are providing these services to the students with the greatest level of need. There are a number of items to consider prior to making a therapy referral (e.g., identifying if previous or alternative services have been attempted, severity of mental health concerns, insurance/affordability). Therefore, consultation with our mental health therapists or the district’s comprehensive mental health support specialist prior to referral is preferred.


If a student’s mental health symptoms appear to be pronounced to the degree which the student might be at-risk to cause serious harm to themselves and/or others, a risk-assessment may be indicated. The district’s comprehensive mental health support specialist, Will Cates, can conduct a risk-assessment. Ideally, a preliminary screening will have been conducted prior to moving forward with a risk-assessment.

The preliminary screening can be conducted by your building’s Child Focus service-provider, school counselors, or school psychologist. If it is determined that a risk-assessment is indicated, the individual completing the preliminary screening, or building administrative staff, will contact Will Cates to request that a risk-assessment be conducted.