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The Meridian School District works in partnership with our families and our community to educate each student in a safe and supportive learning environment to become a positive contributor to society.



Irene Reither Elementary Support Programs

Family Resource Coodinator

Sheree Johnston, Family Resource Coordinator can be reached at 318-2576.

ReaReadiness to Learn promotes student success by facilitating the combined efforts of schools, families, and communities to address the needs of the whole child. Sheree has a responsibility throughout the district to assist students and their families. Referrals may be made for basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter. She coordinates with the school district nurses on health needs including vision, dental care. Mental health/wellness referrals are also coordinated with school counselors and psychologists.

Referrals are made to a variety of community resources to assist in meeting a variety of needs.


Behavioral Health Access Program

Purpose of the Program

The Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) was developed to provide needed mental health and chemical dependency treatment to Whatcom County residents who have no readily available source of funding to access services independently.

Accessing Services

A resident identified as potentially eligible for the program will be screened for financial need or other coverage benefits before authorizing services.  If eligible, a formal referral will be initiated.  Services require prior authorization through a designated referral agency or individual, and all services must be delivered by participating providers.  A nominal per session co-pay may be required for eligible residents who exceed the income threshold for free services.

The Whatcom County Health Department’s Human Services Division maintains a list of authorized referral agencies/individuals and participating providers.

Meridian School District is one of the authorized referents and Sheree Johnston is the designated referent for our school district.

Once a referral form is received, the Provider shall contact the client to schedule an appointment within the following timelines:

*Routine appointment: within 10 business days of the receipt of referral

*Urgent appointment: within three business days of receipt of referral

For the purposes of this program, “urgent” is defined as:  the client will likely suffer imminent and significant deterioration of mental status if a mental health intervention is not initiated within three business days.

Provider List

Cantrell & Associates, SeaMar Behavioral Health Services and Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic