MHS Wellness Center

The East Jordan Wellness Center provides preventative health and counseling services to facilitate students optimal physical, mental, emotional, and social well being at both the Elementary School and the Middle/High School.  We assist children and teens to gain confidence and learn strategies to be more successful in and out of the classroom.  We promote healthy living practices to students, faculty, and parents.

These are some of the ways that the Wellness Center supports for our families and students:

Behavioral/Mental Health Services:

Amber Southerton, LMSW (Elementary School) and Rebecca Litzner, LMSW (Middle/High School) are licensed, Masters-level therapists from the Health Department that provide school-based behavioral/mental health services to students at EJPS, grades K-12.  They can offer individual, family, and group counseling.  Areas of treatment can include (but are not limited to):  Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Relationship/Social Skill Issues, Grief and Loss, Family Stressors, Parenting Support Strategies, Managing Behavior and Emotions, and Developing Healthy Coping Skills.

Sara Heise, MA, Ed.S. (Elementary School) and Kristyn Lynch, MA, LLPC (Middle/High School) are our school counselors.  Kristyn provides emotional support for students in need, along with providing educational guidance, developing post-secondary plans, assisting students with organization and making transitions from one grade to the next, and helping with everyday challenges that students may face at school.  Sara focuses on short-term emotional support, emotional intelligence training, executive functioning skills, and parent coaching.

In addition, our mental health team will assist in bringing in outside programming and presentations related to awareness and prevention, such as bullying, suicide, substance use, and other important issues facing our youth today.

Physical Health Services:

Cindy Thomas (Elementary School) and Alyssa Piechocki (Middle/High School) are Health Aides that are located in each school building, and can assist students with their daily health needs.  This includes: (but not limited to) medication dispersal and treatment of minor injuries, such as cuts/burns/sprains, etc.  They are also the school's COVID-19 contact tracers.  Alyssa is an emergency medical responder, and can assist in responding to any critical incidents in the MS/HS building.

Amy Flynn, BSN, RN is a Registered Nurse that will be sharing her time at both the Elementary building and the Middle/High school buildings.  Amy will be assisting students that have more serious medical needs, such as diabetes/insulin management, catheterization, and other severe medical needs our EJPS students may have.

In addition, our medical team will be able to offer teaching and education classes on health related topics to EJPS staff and students, including (but not limited to): CPR/First Aid/Basic Life Support, nutritional guidance, and physical activity.  They will also assist in bringing in outside programs, such as dental, vision, and hearing screenings for students.

Social/Emotional Support Services:

Audrey Hartzell is our Communities in Schools worker, located in the Elementary school building.  Communities in Schools provides school-based staff that partner with teachers and schools to identify challenges students face in class or at home.  They will coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools.  From immediate needs, like helping families secure food or clothing, to more complex needs, like helping families secure counseling or medical treatment, they will do whatever it takes to help students stay in school, and to help families succeed.

Law Enforcement Phone Number
Emergency 911
East Jordan Police Department 231-536-2273
Charlevoix County Sheriff Office 231-547-4461


Substance Abuse Phone Number
BASES Teen Center, Charlevoix 231-547-1144
SAFE in Northern Michigan , Petoskey 231-347-5813


Suicide Phone Number
3rd Level Crisis Center, Traverse City 1-800-442-7315      
Community Mental Health, Charlevoix 231-547-5885
National Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Kierstein's Ride Suicide Awareness & Prevention, East Jordan 231-675-5047


Health Care Phone Number
East Jordan Family Health Center 231-536-2206
Dental Clinics North, east Jordan 231-536-3000
Health Dept of Northwest Michigan, Charlevoix 231-547-6523


Food/Clothing/Shelter Phone Number
East Jordan Care & Share Pantry 231-536-7423
Crossroads Resale Store, East Jordan 231-536-7606
Good Samaritan, Ellsworth 231-588-2208
Women's Resource Center, Petoskey 231-347-0067
Goodwill Inn 231-922-4890


Utilities/Other Phone Number
Department of Health & Human Serivces 231-348-1600
Community Action Agency 800-632-7334
Legal Services of Northern Michigan 231-941-0071


Behavioral Health Services

The East Jordan Wellness Center behavioral health program helps children and teens gain confidence, and learn strategies to be more successful in and out of the classroom.  Studies show that students who participate in school based behavioral health programs have significantly less disciplinary issues, enjoy better mental health, and, not surprisingly, perform better in school.  The East Jordan Wellness Center behavioral health program is operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, in collaboration with East Jordan Public Schools, and is conveniently located in the East Jordan Middle High School for easy access.

Our licensed clinical social worker offers individual, group, and family therapy.  Some areas of treatment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship and Social Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Stressors
  • Parenting Support Strategies
  • Managing Behavior and Emotions
  • Developing Healthy Coping Skills

Public and private health insurance companies will be billed for services provided.  A sliding fee payment schedule is also offered.  No child will be turned away for inability to pay.  Your child or family may be eligible for free or low-cost insurance through MIChild, HealthyKids, the Healthy Michigan Plan, or the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Visit the link to to learn more, or call the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 1-800-432-4121 to learn more about coverage options, and to schedule an appointment for enrollment assistance.

Student Health Care

For your convenience we have provided the following information and forms.

Required Immunizations for Michigan Schools guidelines.

Teen Vaccines guidelines.

As of January 1, 2015, schools can no longer issue immunization waivers.

Non-medical Immunization Waiver Guidelines.

For your convenience we have provided the following information and forms.

Taking Medications at School Letter to Parents.

Non-Prescription Medication at School - Parent Consent form.  Parents provide medication.

Prescription Medication at School - Parent Consent form.

Middle/High School Social Workers

Rebecca Litzner, LMSW

Madison Griffith, LLMSW

Elementary School Social Worker

Amber Southerton, LMSW

MHS Wellness Center
Registered Nurse


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