School-Based Services

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We offer mental and behavioral health services in some Saint Paul Public Schools, making it easier for students to get the help they need to succeed in school and at home. Your child will miss fewer classes because they won’t need to travel for appointments. They also will be more comfortable in a familiar setting.

Our staff work closely with school teachers and administrators, building positive relationships among students and families. 

Call 651-325-2766 for more information about school-based mental health services.

Kofi for African American Youth

Our Kofi services are available to African American youth and their families. Through a partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, Kofi students receive services that encourages them to find strength in their cultural heritage.

Kofi students build positive self-worth through their cultural identity. As they grow more confident, they are more likely to attend school regularly, do better academically and display fewer disruptive behaviors. 

Kofi is offered at these Saint Paul schools:

  • Benjamin E. Mays IB World School 
  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
  • Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary
  • High School for Recording Arts 
  • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Upper Campus
  • Maxfield Elementary
  • Obama Elementary

Call 651-325-2766 for more information about Kofi.

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Hlub Zoo for Hmong Youth

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Hlub Zoo (pronounced LOO-ZHONG) is for elementary-aged Hmong students and their families. Students learn to embrace and celebrate their Hmong identity. They are supported as they achieve academic success and learn how to build healthy personal relationships.

Hlub Zoo is offered at these Saint Paul schools: 

  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Mississippi Elementary School
  • Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet (starting fall 2018)

Call 651-325-2766 for more information about Hlub Zoo.

General School-Based Services

We have therapists and counselors who work with students of all cultural backgrounds in several Saint Paul schools. If your child is having social, emotional, behavioral or family problems, contact us.

Schools with Wilder services:

  • Cherokee Heights Elementary School
  • Crossroads Elementary Science + Montessori Schools
  • Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary
  • John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary
  • Riverview West Side School of Excellence
  • St. Paul Music Academy (starting fall 2018)
  • Washington Technology Magnet School

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