DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
This team is on-site and available to provide social and emotional support for employees. Given the unexpected demands on our employees, many may feel anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed , or sad. We want to focus on staff health and well-being. To inquire about services or request assistance, please complete the form:
Staff Mental Health Services Form
Amber Onkst, MSSW, CSW
District Mental Health Clinician
Serving Newport Intermediate School, Newport High School and all district staff
859-292-3021 ext. 4210
859-292-3023 ext. 7213
Amber Onkst is a Certified Social Worker through the Kentucky Board of Social Work. She has been practicing for eight years specializing in the field of child welfare. Her experiences have all been in providing services to children and their families over these last eight years including clinical services to children in a psychiatric residential treatment facility. Additionally, Amber serves as a board member for the Kentucky Association of School Social Work. Amber is already a proud Wildcat and is transitioning from her role as Family Resource Coordinator at Newport Intermediate to District Mental Health Clinician. She is excited to work one-on-one with students, their families, and our staff to support their mental health needs, especially given the current climate. Amber views all students from a strength-based perspective loving to find what's strong about our students rather than what's wrong! She specializes in the utilization of CBT techniques, mindfulness and meditative strategies, solution-focused practices and DBT skill building strategies to help students identify what steps they can take to be successful at school. Amber is a voracious reader and is excited to continue to learn and grow her skill set to serve the students of Newport! Go Wildcats!
Jacquelyn Scruggs, MS, MSW, LISW
District Mental Health Clinician
Serving Newport Primary School and all district staff
859-292-3011 ext. 7214
Ms. Jacquelyn Scruggs had a wonderful educational career, from elementary to graduate school, and wants every student to have the same positive experience!
Ms. Scruggs is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She has been practicing for thirteen years, with an emphasis on children in schools. She greatly enjoys working in a school environment and is excited to bridge academia and mental health services. Ms. Scruggs truly believes that problems are not endings, but are open doors for new beginnings!
Ms. Scruggs has experience diagnosing and developing treatment plans. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, strengths-based perspective, mindfulness, and guided imagery. Ms. Scruggs also believes in the importance of utilizing physical wellness to improve mental health. She encourages individuals to be physically active and recently, herself, completed another half-marathon.
Ms. Scruggs is a lifelong-learner, who also earned her principal’s license.
Ms. Scruggs is excited to become a Wildcat and work with students, families, and staff! Go Wildcats!
St. Elizabeth's Employee Assistance Program
EAP is a full service program that offers quality, professional care to Newport Schools’ employees and their families. Services are provided by Master level prepared therapists, independently licensed with at least 3 years of post-graduate clinical experience.
-Counseling (1-8 sessions)
Our therapists are trained and licensed to provide short term, solution focused therapy for adults, adolescents, couples, and families.
A therapist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency consultation. Same day crisis appointments are available during business days.
Extended clinical services
Crisis Line 24/7 Phone: (859) 301-2570
EAP Services Phone: (859) 301-2999