Teletherapy for Mental and Behavioral Health
As part of continuing efforts to provide services that support student wellness, Rockwood has expanded its partnership with Hazel Health to offer free mental health teletherapy visits for all students.
With Hazel HEART, students can meet with a licensed therapist from school or at home, bridging the gap until local therapists become available or helping with less acute issues. The referrals can come from school personnel or directly from a parent or guardian. Like all Hazel telehealth services, parental consent is required.
Since its launch in Rockwood, there have been more than 900 mental health visits with 190 students. This service is available to all Rockwood students and it is provided at no cost to Rockwood families. Please note, Hazel works with insurance plans, and collects insurance information as part of the consent process. Hazel works with all students at no cost to families, regardless of insurance status, including families that do not have insurance. When insurance is billed, the district will cover any out-of-pocket costs. We encourage families to check with their insurance plans to determine if there are any annual caps on the number of allowed therapy sessions, as Hazel visits might count against any limits.
Hazel HEART mental health services include:
- Short-term therapy visits: Therapy sessions can help students cope with everyday issues such as anxiety, bullying, withdrawal, grief, peer and family relationships, depression, not enjoying things they used to enjoy or simply not feeling like themselves.
- Care coordination: Family resource managers from Hazel work closely with families to coordinate their child’s care. If your child needs additional services outside of what Hazel can offer, Hazel will help families connect with great local providers.
- Therapists who care: Hazel therapists know how to connect with children and teens. Their multilingual team practices culturally competent care for all students.
This expanded partnership is designed to increase access to quality health care for all students, working in partnership with community providers to quickly address the social-emotional needs of students who may be struggling.
Learn more: my.hazel.co/rsdmo/info
Click here to request a therapy visit for your child
On-demand Virtual Medical Visits
In 2021, Rockwood launched a new student health service available for students at participating schools in the district. Students now have access to on-demand virtual medical visits through our partner, Hazel Health. All students will need a signed consent form to access this service. Parents: If you would like for your child to have access to this service, please sign the Student Health Form.
How does it work?
Students have access to virtual medical visits right in the school nurse's office. The school nurse will communicate with a student’s parent when the nurse feels a medical visit is warranted. Hazel Health providers can evaluate your child’s symptoms and provide the appropriate type of treatment. If your child is sick at home, parents can also access Hazel medical visits from home from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on school days. Contact a medical provider from home by clicking here: my.hazel.co/patient/signup.
- Parents in participating schools will have the ability to opt in or out of the program at any time, and no student will participate or be treated unless a parent has given their consent.
- This service is NOT intended to replace an established relationship with your primary care physician. It is designed to increase access to quality health care for all students, safely keep healthy students in school and occasionally provide convenience - particularly for working parents.
- Sick children should still stay home from school, but if an issue arises once a student is on campus, Hazel is a convenient option for parents who have given their consent.
“We are excited to provide this convenient option for families and students to access quality health care during the school day,” said Supervisor of Wellness & Health Services Amy Wehr. “It aligns with our goal in The Way Forward to establish a multi-tiered system of support that provides for the emotional, social, behavioral and physical needs of each student.”
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Amy Wehr, Wendy Shaw, or your school nurse.