School-Based Services

Through a collaborative partnership, Counseling Associates | Arisa Health provides confidential school based behavioral health services for approximately 1000 students that attend Arkansas Public Schools. Evidenced Based Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals including Clinical Therapists, Psychiatrists, and Qualified Behavioral Health Providers. Our School-Based Behavioral Health Services are designed to help children whose behavioral, emotional, and social problems are affecting their academic performance. Counseling Associates provides school based behavioral health services in all of the counties we serve. These include Johnson, Pope, Yell, Conway, Perry, Faulkner, Cleburne, Van Buren, Searcy and Stone Counties.
Payment sources include ARKIDS, Medicaid, most private pay insurances, and a sliding fee scale is offered for the uninsured to cover most mental health services.

“Helping kids of all ages live their best life….”

A range of activities and services, including school-wide behavioral health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment services are provided for youth, parents and school staff.
Behavioral Health staff develops and maintains relationships as well as participates in training and meetings with educators and school-employed Behavioral Health staff. Community Outreach activities include in-service trainings for school staff when requested. Some of the training topics available include:
  • Anxiety/Nervousness/Phobias
  • Attention/Concentration/Hyperactivity Problems
  • Bullying Depression/Sadness/Suicide
  • Compassion Fatigue/Self-Care for school professionals
  • Coping with Community Disasters
  • De-Escalation Techniques
  • Disordered Eating
  • Oppositional or conduct problems/Anger management
  • Environmental Stressors (housing, food, parental employment, access to health care, etc.)
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • First Episode Psychosis (hallucinations, delusions)
  • Relationship issues/Conflict (family, peers, teachers)
  • Recognizing signs of distress in children and teens
  • Sexuality/Gender Issues
  • Social and emotional skills/Problem solving/Character development/Self-esteem
  • Substance use (alcohol, tobacco, drugs)
  • Transitions (new school, moving, separation/ divorce)
  • Trauma/PTSD/Abuse/Neglect/Exposure to violence
Behavioral health staff are trained to effectively implement evidence-based prevention and intervention in schools with strengths-based and developmentally and culturally competent services.  We have clear protocols and supervision for handling students’ severe problems and crises (suicidal ideation, psychosis, abuse/neglect, and mental health emergencies). A behavioral health emergency is a potentially life threatening situation in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function, or is otherwise distraught and out of control.
Examples of a l Health Emergency may include:
  • Suicidal thoughts, plans or threats
  • Homicidal thoughts, plan or threats
  • Self-injury needing immediate medical attention
  • Exhibiting acute onset of psychosis or exhibiting severe thought disorganization.
  • Highly erratic or unusual behavior that indicates very unpredictable behavior and/or an inability to care for themselves.
Action Plan protocol may include:
  • The school based therapist completing an onsite crisis screening evaluation with the student and parent.
  • The student and parent coming to a CA clinic or local ER for a crisis screening evaluation.
  • The school staff calling 911 if unable to safely transport or the person is out of control or is severely impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • The school staff calling the CA Crisis line at 1-800-844-2066 which has emergency screeners available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Conway                                  Morrilton                       Russellville                          Clarksville 
350 Salem Road, Suite 1         8 Hospital Drive               110 Skyline Drive                    1021 Poplar Street
Conway, AR  72034                 Morrilton, AR  72110       Russellville, AR  72801          Clarksville, AR  72830
501.336.8300                            501.354.1561                     479.968.1298                           479.754.8610

Clinton                                   Marshall                         Heber Springs                     Mountain View 
2526 Highway 65 South        405 E Main Street            115 South 3rd Street                 106 Mountain Place Drive
Clinton, AR  72031                  Marshall, AR  73650        Heber Springs,  AR  72543     Mountain View, AR  72560
501.745.8007                           870.448.2176                     501.206.0831                            870.269.4193

Perryville                              Danville                             
206 West Main                         750 Boston Street
Perryville, AR  72126               Danville, AR  72833
501.889.1590                            479.495.5557