Cherokee Health Systems is committed to ensuring every Tennessean has access to effective, high-quality care. We don’t think anything should stop someone from getting the care they need, and that’s why we make our services available to anyone who needs them.
Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) provides comprehensive, integrated physical and mental health services in community settings throughout Tennessee. CHS operates 22 rural and urban clinics as well as providing school-based services. CHS offers primary, behavioral health, dental, and pharmacy care to individuals regardless of insurance coverage or financial means. CHS offers a sliding-fee scale to those meeting household size and income requirements.
School-Based and Clinical Settings
CHS provides school psychology services to several rural schools in the East Tennessee region and provides early childhood mental health consultation services to area Head Start/Early Head Start cooperatives. Many children enrolled in these programs are economically disadvantaged and are at-risk for learning, behavioral, and social-emotional problems.
As early childhood mental health consultants, interns will spend one or two days a week in area Head Start/Early Head Start preschool classrooms engaged in the following:
- Observing classrooms & consulting with staff, and parents on strategies to improve behavior management and child mental health
- Teaching social/emotional skills to children
- Offering staff support and fostering staff well-being
- Providing written feedback to enhance teacher practices
- Conducting brief group parent trainings
- Attending Health Advisory meetings
School psychology interns will also provide screening, assessment, consultation, and intervention services in area public schools.