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Greater Minnesota Psychological Assessments for Students Who are Deaf, Hard of HearingĀ & 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 child does not have insurance or does not have adequate coverage, grant funds are available for financial assistance.

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.

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 children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind in grades K-12 atĀ 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

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How to Apply for Services for 2016-17

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.

Required forms: Release of Information Form and Application Form
The downloaded pdf forms can be completed and sent one of these ways:

***Additional required forms: Child’s current IEP and most recent evaluation

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Forms

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Additional services
If you would like a follow-up meeting with the providing psychologist (via phone), use the following form: (live link or pdf to download)

Evaluation Follow-up Meeting Request Form
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Paper 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