Role Of Mental Health Coordinator
In 2020, the Alabama legislature provided funding for a new type of staff member for Alabama schools: mental health service coordinators. The role was created to address gaps in the diagnosis and care of children with mental health conditions. By providing trained professionals within school districts, and connecting them with staff already working with those children, the idea is that the mental health coordinator will provide parents and children with a trusted point of access to services available to students, families, and staff.
More on the Role
As the Mental Health Services Coordinator I will support schools with developing frontline interventions that promote health and wellness to all students. I plan to continue to educate teachers, administration, students, and families on mental health services and engage in efforts to remove mental health barriers that might get in the way of student learning. Much of my job is meeting with students in various stages and providing skills and support to overcome all obstacles. I am looking forward to growing relationships and working together to develop healthy mental health practices to ensure academic and personal success.
Education and Experience
My name is Kayla Thomas and I am the Mental Health Services Coordinator here at Bibb County Schools. I am an alumna of the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama with a Mater's of Social Work. I am a Licensed Master Social Work and have 7 years experience working in vast areas of mental health. I believe this opportunity has come full circle for me, as I started my career in school based mental health, but this time I want to use my passion and experience in mental health to educate youth on the importance, bring awareness, and reduce the stigma of mental health.