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Greater Minnesota Psychological Assessments for Students Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing & DeafBlind (GM Launch PAD)

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GM Launch PAD is a program that provides culturally affirmative psychological assessments to students (ages 0-21) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind, who live in Greater Minnesota (outside the 7 county metro area) and attend a Minnesota public school. This program is funded by a grant from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Through this program, psychologists who have training and experience working with students with hearing loss and are fluent in American Sign Language travel to the student’s school or county offices to complete the evaluation. Travel costs are financed by grant funds. Medical insurance, educational third party billing, county funding and vocational rehabilitation funding options are also explored in order to cover the costs of psychological testing. In cases where the student does not have insurance or does not have adequate coverage, grant funds are available for financial assistance.

GM Launch Pad is coordinated by Metro ESCU in collaboration with Dr. Nanette McDevitt, Licensed Psychologist and owner of Psychological Advantages, LLC.

Dr. McDevitt is fluent in American Sign Language and a Licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in addition to being a Licensed Psychologist. Her experience includes teaching students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind in grades K-12 at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and District 917. Dr. McDevitt has conducted a wide variety of psychological evaluations at both mental health clinics and schools since 2005.

Dr. McDevitt specializes in assessing students with a wide variety of psychological diagnoses and special education categories including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.

In addition to Dr. McDevitt, other clinical and school psychologists are sub-contracted to complete psychological assessments for the GM Launch PAD program. All psychologists have training/experience working with students with hearing loss and are fluent in the student’s primary language.

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Services

The following psychological assessments can be provided:
This program offers two levels of service to students, schools and families.  On the application, you will see “Full Evaluation” and “Intellectual/Adaptive Only Evaluation.”  The information below describes each of these levels of service to help you decide which level to choose.

Qualifying Criteria:

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Apply for Services

Referrals are welcome from the student (18 or older), parents/legal guardians, school staff, county social workers, or any other professional working with the student. Professionals working with the student must obtain a Release of Information from the student or parents/legal guardian before making a referral.

Note: 2017-18 required application forms cannot be submitted until the open enrollment period of March 1 - April 13, 2017.

Required forms:

2017-18

    Release of Information Form (pdf)

Complete the application process by sending all four of the documents through U.S. mail:

Metro ECSU, Attention Dolly Carr, 2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101, Arden Hills, MN 55112

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Additional services
Use the following forms if you would like to request follow-up meeting(s) with the providing psychologist via phone:

Evaluation Follow-up Meeting Request Form
Online Follow-up FormOpen new window
Follow-up Form (pdf)

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Contact Information

Dolly Carr, Support Services, 612-638-1529 | gmlaunchpad@metroecsu.org

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Metro ECSU . 2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101, Arden Hills, Minnesota, 55112 . Phone 612/638-1500 . Fax 612/706-0811 . info@metroecsu.org