Youth Mental Health Tele-Suites


Community Partnership: University of Memphis SMART Center

Shelby County Government, in partnership with the University of Memphis SMART Center program, will open mental health tele-suites for young people, giving students access to needed mental health services. Through the tele-suites, mental health counselors from the SMART Center, a tele-behavioral clinic, will be able to provide 30-45-minute online counseling and psychotherapy services for middle and high school students.

University of Memphis SMART Center:

“The University of Memphis School of Social Work SMART Research, Training and Treatment Center aims to provide evidence-based interventions for school-based mental health programming, increase access for school-based behavioral health programming in underserved areas, provide training on best practices in tele-behavioral health, develop opportunities to research the use of technology in practice, and provide direct services to the states most vulnerable populations.” 

To find resources and learn more, please visit the SMART Center’s website: 

Quote from Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris:

“Everyone should have access to mental health care, including our youth. Studies have shown that mental health services for youth and their families can make a tremendous difference in their lives. This is particularly true now, after the harrowing time we have all had because of the pandemic. That’s why I am grateful that this partnership between Shelby County Government and the UofM SMART Center will provide online mental health services to our young people. Thank you to the Shelby County Commission for approving our plan to invest in our youth’s mental health.”

Quote from Dr. Cedrick Gray, Director of Education:

“As an educator in our county, I’m grateful for the support of the SMART Center team in providing access to quality mental health support for our youth. As a parent, I’m elated to know that all our youth will now have access to the mental health help they deserve. The partnership between the SMART Center and Shelby County Government is a real value-added benefit for Shelby County’s youngest citizens.” 

List of Schools with Mental Health Tele-Suites:

Trezevant High School, Booker T. Washington High School, Booker T. Washington Wellness Center, Cordova Middle School, Grandview Heights Middle School, Hamilton K-8 School, Hamilton High School, Westside Middle School, MLK Prep High School, and the Youth & Family Resource Center.

School counselors, behavioral specialists, or school administration will have school-specific information regarding their mental health tele-suites.