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Pipestone, MN: District connects with mental health center; "crisis response team" provided

Jan 31, 2018, Pipestone (MN) County Star: New Wellness Center responds to social, mental health needs https://www.pipestonestar.com/articles/new-wellness-center-responds-to-social-mental-health-needs/ On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Tanya Schroyer, middle school counselor at Pipestone Area Schools (PAS), called Ashley Whipkey, a therapist with Southwestern Mental Health Center’s (SWMHC) crisis response team, to meet with a struggling student. When Whipkey arrived she was able to meet with the student in private in the school’s new Wellness Center. Whipkey said the Wellness Center provided a quiet, comfortable place without any interruptions to meet with the student. Wellness Center was completed in January and is designed to be a safe place for students to go where they can receive social and mental health services and other support. … The services became available late last fall before the Center was even complete. So far, Schroyer said there are around six to 11 students in each of the groups and students use the Center every day. …