TCSS Mental Health Services Coordinator
Mrs. Angela Kelly serves as Mental Health Services Coordinator for TCSS.
The Mental Health Services Coordinator position was made possible beginning in 2020, in part by a new School-Based Mental Health Coordinator Pilot Program at the state level. Efforts to improve student social and emotional wellness may involve school nursing, school safety, special education, transportation, counseling, community partnerships, and more. The role of the Mental Health Services Coordinator is to support and expand coordination of these efforts, ultimately contributing to the success of our students.
Before becoming Mental Health Services Coordinator, Mrs. Kelly was the English Language Learners Social Worker for TCSS. Mrs. Kelly is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and holds Bachelor and Master of social work degrees from The University of Alabama. Before joining TCSS, Mrs. Kelly worked with Tuscaloosa Department of Human Resources and Tuscaloosa City Schools. She holds an Independent Clinical Social Worker License and served on the founding board of the School Social Work Association of Alabama.
From Mrs. Kelly:
“In the last three years, TCSS has seen a steady increase of suicide protocols being completed in our schools, surprisingly high numbers in elementary schools. My goal in this position is to ensure that students are receiving quality social-emotional care at school, that parents are educated about resources and techniques so that they can assist their children, and teachers are taking care of themselves and are aware and not afraid to use and teach social emotional techniques.”
“This new position opens so many doors for our school district to spread awareness about mental health and wellness, increase access to mental health services, provide training for staff, students, and parents, and dismiss the negative ideas about mental illness. I am so excited to be here in this position and I will work hard for our schools, students, and families.”
You can reach Mrs. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.