Mental Health Support in Cowlitz County

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) are available to Cowlitz County students seeking
mental health and substance use treatment through the Great Rivers Behavioral Health
Organizations Continuum of Care.  Click here for more information on the supports available to you! 

Kelso School District Counseling

                               Counseling Services

School counselors are essential to the success of students. School counselors at the secondary schools assist students to prepare for life after high school including college and career readiness, help with scheduling issues, work through academic issues, work with students on personal, peer and families issues and serve as a general resource. Elementary counselors support children by leading groups, working through barriers to learning and teaching kids appropriate social skills. School counselors also serve as 504 coordinators for their buildings.  Please contact your school to speak with your students school counselor.

 Mental Health Services

School counselors do not provide ongoing mental health services for students. The Kelso School district works in partnership with Lower Columbia Mental Health to provide limited in-school mental health counseling. Your family physician is a great resource when helping to obtain regular mental health counseling for your child.

If your child is already working with a mental health counselor outside of school it is often beneficial for the school to be aware of this and for the school counselor to be in contact with the students therapist, especially if there are issues the student is trying to address at school such as social anxiety and social skills. A release of information is needed for school counselors and outside therapists to discuss your child. Please click here to download the form.


Cowlitz County Support Services for Families!



Kelso School District • 601 Crawford Street • Kelso, WA 98626 • Phone: (360) 501-1900

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Kelso School District #458 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, the school district's Title VII Officer and ADA Coordinator. People of disability may request reasonable accommodation in the hiring process by contacting, Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or (360) 501-1924.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures regarding students may be directed to Don Iverson, Director of Student Services, the school district’s Title IX Coordinator or Denise Freund, Director of Special Programs, the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900.