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Mason County Family Link is a collaborative initiative between Ludington Area Schools, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Gateway to Success Academy, United Way of Mason County, West Michigan Community Mental Health System, Department of Health and Human Services, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Staircase Youth Services, West Shore Community College and Pennies from Heaven Foundation.

This initiative supports student achievement by bringing together a range of agencies to provide needed services and support.  It specifically includes staff that work on-site at all three school districts in Mason County:


Community Schools Coordinator –  Provides coordinated access to health and human services within a school setting.

Site Team Clinician –  Provides strength based, child centered and family focused counseling to student and/or their families who are not eligible to receive services through the local mental health agency.


Department of Health and Human Services Success Coach – Provides social services to students and works with families to help and identify a plan for self-sufficiency.


By bringing health and human services into the school building to serve children and families we can accomplish the following:


  • Increase support for students, families and schools;

  • Increase access to needed health and human services and other community supports

  • Promote opportunities that support students’ educational, social and emotional development; and redirect non-educational issues from the principals and teachers, so they can focus on educating children.

Mason County Family Link is excited to add the Community School's Coordinator position to West Shore Community College that will work on-site, with the goal of removing barriers that prevent college students from completing their degree and/or certification. 


Becky Erickson

Community Schools Coordinator
Ludington Area Schools

(231) 233-6135

JoEllen Healy

Community Schools Coordinator
Mason County Central Schools

Mason County Eastern Schools

(231) 233-6178

Kristi Zimmerman

Temp. Community Schools Coordinator
West Shore Community College

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