Healthy Beginnings

Healthy Beginnings is a collaborative project funded by a grant from the Osceola Community Health Foundation.  The program provides no fee early intervention mental health services for home and school.The mission of Healthy Beginnings is to help break the cycle of systemic and inter-generational trauma that leads to mental illness and substance abuse within our community.

Prevention and early intervention, through mental health therapy, will be the main force to break these unhealthy patterns of behavior.  It is essential that we reduce problems in accessing care by bringing treatment to residents in the school and home.

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Healthy Beginnings works in collaboration with Polk County Early Learning Center’s Head Start Program, the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, and the Polk County Birth to Three program to provide direct services in the home setting with high-risk infants, toddlers and their families.

Our goal is to reduce or eliminate mental health concerns and enhance the healthy attachment between caregivers and their infants and toddlers.

School Services
Healthy Beginnings, in collaboration with Osceola School District, provides direct mental health services in the school setting to children age pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, as identified by teachers and guidance counselors.

Our goal is to identify and reduce the mental health issues that block early learning and the formation of social success. Healthy Beginnings offers an eight-week therapeutic program with the emphasis on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy by a licensed mental health therapist.

This will include one-on-one therapy and family education.


 

This video was produced with support from the Osceola Community Health Foundation!


No Cost Services Provided
Health Beginnings provides no cost services due to the generous support of the Osceola Community Health Foundation. In order to develop a financially sustainable service, we request to bill MA and insurance companies when families have that option. Insurance options are NOT the criteria for services.

Criteria
Healthy Beginnings is a direct referral program, working in collaboration with our partner organizations. The following criteria are utilized in identifying participants for Healthy Beginnings:

  • Referrals are only accepted through partner organizations
  • Participants must be residents of Polk County
  • Healthy Beginnings is intended for families and students who are not currently receiving therapy or other type of mental health services
  • The family is in a continuous, successful home visiting program and have shown willingness to participate (Home-based program)
  • The family has been given information about and understands the Healthy Beginnings mental health services

If you are interested in Healthy Beginnings early childhood mental health services and are a resident of Polk County, or your children are enrolled in the Osceola School district, please contact the following for more information:

Family Resource Center St Croix Valley
857 Main Street
P.O. Box 2087
Baldwin, WI 54002
715-684-4440

Polk County Early Learning Center
400 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Phone:  715-485-3413

For Students and their families, contact the school counselor at the Osceola Elementary and Intermediate Schools:

Osceola Elementary
250 10th Ave East
Osceola, WI 54020
715-294-3457

Osceola Middle School
949 Education Avenue
Osceola, WI 54020
715-294-2800