Unlike most mental health professionals, Jeanna Ring has been going to high school for the past two years. Ring is a school-based mental health provider with an onsite office at Royalton High School (RHS).
Although an employee of Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Little Falls, Ring meets exclusively with Royalton students and their families. She provides therapy during the school day saving parents time away from work to transport their son or daughter to and from outpatient facilities typically in St. Cloud or beyond. Students also miss less school by having Ring’s office within the school building.
The school-based mental health program in Royalton is a collaborative effort between Northern Pines Mental Health Center and the Royalton School District to address more effectively the mental health needs within the Royalton School District and community in general.
“It is such a benefit to students and staff to have a mental health provider working with students in our schools,” said special education teacher, Amy Krueger. “Jeanna provides a much needed service to students with minimal disruption to their normal school day.”
Principal Joel Swenson said, “Jeanna Ring has been part of our high school family for the past few years. She has done a tremendous job incorporating her services into our programming. Jeanna is a valuable member of our team and we feel very fortunate to have Northern Pines services, and more importantly, Jeanna in our building.”