The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District has partnered with REALiving and Group Health Cooperative to offer a Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) to help students, parents/caregivers. and their families to be their very BEST both at school and at home!

This program, offered at no cost to you, will provide up to 4 parent coaching sessions AND 4 counseling sessions to each family in the school district.


Parent coaching is an additional support for families interested in implementing positive changes in their home. Parent coaches provide tools, ideas, and support; they are not providing therapy. This service provides parents/caregivers with hands-on strategies for improving their child’s behavior and is customized to each family. Some of the topics include:

  • Aggression
  • Defiance
  • Sibling relationships
  • Self-Care for the parent
  • Setting boundaries
  • Parenting practices
  • Grief and Loss
  • Devices or gaming
  • Diet and exercise
  • Divorce
  • Supporting your child’s physical, emotional, and social development


Counseling services are designed to be short-term, solution-focused, and are provided by an affiliate network of mental health agencies in our community. Some of the topics this program can help you with include:

  • Academic Struggles
  • Discipline Issues
  • Household stressors
  • Stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Grief
  • Marital issues
  • Divorce
  • Relationship troubles
  • Bullying
  • Eating Disorders
  • Unplanned pregnancy


Both services are confidential and free. Students and/or parents may contact the REALiving Call Center to seek authorization or ask questions about these services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week! School administrators, teachers, social workers, therapists and/or counselors may also recommend this support to students, parents, and their families.


HOW DO I GET STARTED: Please call REALiving at 855-838-7170 OR contact our Mental Health Navigator at for assistance in setting up the 4 free sessions.



We have more kids than ever receiving care and it is largely because of your work with families and your follow-through! I really appreciate having the Mental Health Navigator position because so many more of our students are receiving therapy.
CFAUSD Elementary School Counselor
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
You would go to the doctor for a rash, this is just another part of your body that needs to be taken care of.
Cardinal Care takes the frustration out of making the initial connection with a mental health therapist and allows for services to occur in both the office setting or, if appropriate, the school setting.
SBMH Mental Health Therapist
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
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.