Our school district is able to fund 4 free sessions per family (students and/or immediate family members of the student). To access these services, you will need to call the Cardinal Care phone number (855-838-7170) and talk to REALiving to get the authorization. The authorization number will be emailed to you. You will then select a therapist. Therapists are able to see students at their school or in the therapy agency’s office. If you would like the student to be seen at school, you need to specify that to REALiving when you call. Some therapists will only see students in their office. Once a therapist has been selected, you will call the therapist to schedule an intake appointment. For assistance in making these calls, or to ask questions, please call Shannon Larson, Mental Health Navigator, at 715-726-2414 ext 3028.

If you know that you might continue with School Based Mental Health(SBMH) services after the 4 sessions, there are a few more things to be aware of.

  1. You will need to pick a therapist who is in-network for your insurance. If you have Badgercare with an HMO of Group Health/Comp Care and you want to be seen for SBMH, you will want to pick a therapist from Marriage & Family Health Services. Otherwise, you will need to access therapy through Vantage Point in Eau Claire.
  2. Not all Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) therapists are available for SBMH. Some SFAP therapists are only available to be seen in the therapist’s office (ex.Vantage Point). You will need to select the therapist based on where you want your student to be seen.
  3. Any sessions delivered after the 4 free sessions will be billed to your insurance.

For assistance, or to ask questions, please call Shannon Larson, Mental Health Navigator, at 715-726-2414 ext 3028.

It’s best if you ask REALving when you call the Cardinal Care phone number (855-838-7170) because things can change. If you have an agency or therapist in mind that you would like to use, simply state that when you call.

No. The parent will need to call the Cardinal Care phone number (855-838-7170) to get the authorization paperwork from REALiving.

The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District applied for and received a School-based Mental Health Services Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction that was written to start this program for the first year. The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District has now been awarded a 5 year mental health grant called Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education). This grant will provide the funds for the next 5 years

They are able to call. We will have a counselor talk with the student.  They are not, however, going to be able to schedule their own sessions in most cases, and that is mental health counseling rules, not this program.

Yes, they can! They would get their 4 sessions from the Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) for having a student in the district, and then 4 sessions from their Employee Achievement Program (EAP). So 8 free sessions total!

Please fill out the parent/guardian/family member referral form and send it to mentalhealthnav@chipfalls.org, or contact Shannon Larson, our Mental Health Navigator.

She can be reached in several ways.

Phone: 715-726-2414 ext 3028
Email: mentalhealthnav@chipfalls.org


“The group was very good, and it calmed me down a lot. When you feeling stressed this class is a time to just relax and think about everything and it soothes your mind.”   “I liked that every time I needed to relax or talk about something I would not get judged that place was a free spot.”   “Being in the relax group really helped me become calm, and know what to do in times when I’m overwhelmed. The Relax Group also helped me focus on everyday tasks, and the group gave some incredibly good advice :)”
Student feedback about a Relax Group
You made this process super easy and helped me every step of the way to ensure that my student is set up for success. In following up with me and making sure we were taken care of shows that you care about the students and their wellbeing. Thank you so much for making this as easy as it was, I truly appreciate everything!
As a parent having the School Based Mental Health available has been very helpful with my child.  The process has gone smoothly from the initial contact to being able to choose a therapist that may work best with my child to the therapist working directly with my child.  This is also helpful that they are able to come directly to my child at the school so that they are missing less school and I as a parent need to miss less work as well.  Overall the whole experience has been a positive one for both myself and my child.
School-based mental health services allow a child to receive much needed services regularly without the inconvenience of scheduling around after school activities or parents having to take time off work.
SBMH Mental Health Therapist
“I liked how they gave me strategies and not just one but many so I could choose what I liked and didn’t like!”
CFAUSD Student
As a therapist, having the School Based Mental Health available for students is very important in many aspects. School is an area where children spend a great amount of their time and the schools are able to work with the therapists to help in any areas that they may be struggling in.  The schools have all been very open with working with me as a therapist and the children are able to still get services that are needed for either home or school issues without having to miss more time at school since the therapy is able to be done right at the school settings.  Being able to provide this service for families is a great asset for everyone involved.
School Based Mental Health Therapist