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Educationally Related Mental Health Services (EHRMS) Assessments

What We Do

Educationally Related Mental Health Services (EHRMS) are provided after assessments have determined that ERMHS are needed to support academic progress pursuant to an IEP.  These services are provided when students have significant socio-emotional or socio- behavioral needs that impede their ability to benefit from their special education services. A comprehensive social-emotional assessment must be completed to determine the need for these services, as well as areas to target for intervention.  


San Diego BrainWorks provides comprehensive educationally related mental health assessments. The purpose of an Independent ERMHS assessment is to properly and thoroughly evaluate the mental health of a child in oder to support their emotional needs that impact their educational progress. This evaluation includes an in-depth history, consultation with colleagues supporting the child's mental health, psychological testing, diagnostic clarification, and recommendations for school based services (and possibly additional mental health services), depending on the child's needs.


When mental health services are added to a student’s IEP, the student may receive counseling and guidance or individual counseling, or both, depending upon team determination and based on need. These supports can hopefully impact academic performance and engagement in academic activities, improve attendance and attitude towards school, and decrease overall disruptions in the learning environment.

How This Can Help Your Child

This assessment can help parents better understand the impact of their child's mental health concerns on their academic functioning. Most of the time an EHRMS assessment has been granted to parents by the school district.

Your Child's Education may be impacted by the following: 

Depressive Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Impulse Control Disorders

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