We Are the Leaders in Behavioral Health and Wellness.
Be a step closer to improving mental health services in the United States. Sign up to learn how your school can receive motivational coaches. MCUSA is a federally-supported education initiative that is reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with zero financial impact on families or schools.
What We Do
We are proud to offer a proven, school-based program for at-risk kids struggling with anger management, substance abuse, self-esteem issues, ADD, and a wide variety of additional behavioral challenges.
We provide the materials, staffing, expertise, and manage all the details. Our services are funded by a number of sources including private sponsors, private insurers, and government programs. This allows us to provide each student with the guidance that they need, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions about MCUSA Healthcare
Each school district has a Local Leadership Team, which provides continuous oversight, supervision and management of school and district relationships. The Clinical Operations Team provides ongoing guidance for clinicians in real-time, each day. Our Business Services Team provides daily support to coaches with questions regarding our Electronic Medical Records, Client Sponsorship and reimbursement. On a quarterly basis, the Local Leadership Team hosts a team building dinner with each district team to remain in constant touch with the field-based Motivational Coaches.
MCUSA works with approximately five percent of the entire student population, which typically accounts for 50-80 percent of a school’s disciplinary issues.
To be a Motivational Coach at MCUSA Healthcare, the therapist must meet the qualification standards for clinicians as defined by the Florida Medicaid Community Behavioral Health Services and Coverage Limitations Handbook, as published by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. As per these guidelines, clinicians are either masters or bachelors level graduates in a related field of healing arts. Some of our coaches are licensed clinicians.
Our Motivational Coaches receive 40 hours of new employee specialized training to orient them to our unique, evidence-based model. This training includes a field-based training component, where the new Motivational Coach observes, co-facilitates and leads group sessions with students, under the supervision of an experienced Motivational Coach, who then provides feedback to the trainee and the trainer. In addition, MCUSA provides ongoing professional development and training to Motivational Coaches, throughout the course of the school year on teacher work days, early release days, through the use of online videos, digital content curriculum and one-on-one training. Some examples of courses and topics include Youth Mental Health First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA, etc.). Our Licensed Clinical Operations Team provides continuous training in a wide range of fields, including assessments, evaluations, diagnosis and thorough documentation. Additionally, we have leadership teams dedicated to performing observations and fidelity checks against our evidenced-based model, as well as to ensure compliance and continuity.
MCUSA coaches provide constant sessions for students that help them cope with social and emotional stressors, distinguishing early warning signs and preventing hospitalizations. The coaches start the conversations that youth should be having in order to develop long-term, mental health habits. To do this, motivational coaches hold sessions on campus during school hours, ensuring that children receive all the support and help they need where it matters most. It is also customary for our Motivational Coaches to build and foster productive relationships with school site leadership teams, faculty and staff, as well as to attend open house events and other school-based activities.
By making support accessible to all students and relating them to an educational environment, children are able to make a positive connection with peers and professors, overall improving their academic performance, instructional time, and school safety.
MCUSA aligns with most school improvement plans and supports positive behavior support, restorative practices and other programs designed to reduce suspensions and arrests while enhancing and enriching the quality of life for students and their families through empowerment.
MCUSA targets the 5-10% of the student population that accounts for 80% of the behavioral disruption on campus.
Over the course of its 21-year history, MCUSA has impacted thousands of students and families. In 2017, students in the MCUSA program reported feeling an 87 percent increase in school engagement; 93 percent improvement in parent/child relationships; 88 percent decrease in self-harming behavior; 98 percent improvement in submitting homework assignments; and 97 percent decrease in school absence.
By improving school safety, maximizing instructional time, and increasing rates of academic success, school districts are not only more successful but also generate more revenue. During the 2015-2016 school year, MCUSA helped in adding 60,000 days of attendance to just one school district in Florida (Miami-Dade County, the 4th largest school district in the U.S.), which translated to an increase in school budget by more than $2.4MM.
Participation in MCUSA’s program is voluntary. Once we get the approval from the school principal, we begin the process of introducing ourselves and our program to students. Our Motivational Coaches speak to students and their peers about the benefits of the program. If the student is interested, the coach provides the student with a copy of our Program Registration Form which seeks explicit consent to participate in the program by the parent or guardian followed by a behavioral diagnostic for each student.
MCUSA’s school-based behavioral health services are supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who have partnered with select health care organizations, deemed as program sponsors. These program sponsors promote MCUSA program opportunities that increase student behavioral and well-being outcomes as a member benefit. MCUSA is reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MCUSA works with the Superintendent and designee to identify which schools are in most need of our unique model of embedded behavioral health services. MCUSA then works closely with each school principal to review the list of students the principal identifies as meeting the district’s Early Warning Indicators and risk factors.
MCUSA’s school-based behavioral health services are supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who have partnered with select healthcare organizations, deemed as program sponsors. These program sponsors promote MCUSA program opportunities that increase student behavioral and wellbeing outcomes as a member benefit. MCUSA is reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a federally-supported education initiative, we improve school climate and culture by engaging students identified by the school’s early warning system in on-campus behavioral health strategies. MCUSA also aligns with most school improvement plans and supports positive behavior support, restorative practices and other programs designed to reduce suspensions and arrests, while enhancing and enriching the quality of life for students and their families through empowerment.
No. MCUSA’s services are considered a member benefit to the family’s insurance coverage. As a result, no MCUSA services are billed to a family’s insurance and our services do not impact a family’s insurance services or coverage.students and their families through empowerment.
MCUSA services are available to all students that meet the Early Warning Indicators regardless of insurance coverage. We do not turn these otherwise eligible students away from our services.
MCUSA Healthcare is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation for our behavioral health practices and standards. We provide our services in the Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Orange, Pasco, and Duval County school districts. Next year, we are launching in Hillsborough and Clay counties. We also serve ALS, Aspira and Academica charter school networks in Florida.
MCUSA serves approximately 15,000 students in Florida annually. In 2018, we will be expanding into Detroit, Michigan and several other states.