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Information for 8th grade students and Families: Transition to High School

Franklin Middle School’s school counseling program provides comprehensive developmental counseling that ensures every student achieves the highest possible education in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development through an aggressive partnership with students, family, school, and community.


Counseling resources

Mental health

Crisis response: J-FAST

  • If you are concerned about a youth in crisis, J-FAST can meet with you to discuss options. Issues we can help with include: depression, cutting, violent behavior, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide. We can be at your Linn County location within an hour of your call
  • 319-247-0030

Tanager Place

  • Tanager Place helps children and teens develop the skills to be successful at home, in school, and in their community. Our compassionate, research-based treatment programs address a wide range of mental and behavioral health needs
  • 319-365-9164
  • Tanager Place resources

Foundation 2

  • Our services include a 24-hour crisis phone line, crisis chat and text, family counseling, support groups, mobile crisis outreach, an emergency youth shelter, and independent living support for young adults who have aged out of foster care (319) 362-2174

Downloadable apps

Tanager Place

Tanager Place offers school-based therapy for all Cedar Rapids Community School District families. Teletherapy options are also available. Public or private insurance is required for services.

NAMI family-to-family education program
Free of charge, this program is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills for participants’ well-being. For more information or to register email

Iowa Safe Schools
If you need to speak with someone immediately, the Iowa Safe Schools 24/7 hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Iowa Safe Schools’ affirming resources library

The Iowa Safe Schools’ affirming resources library is a resource of collected literature for all ages of the LGBTQ or ally community.

Linn County children’s mental health assistance

Screening, assessments, evaluations, prescriptions, medication management, therapy, therapeutic group programming, etc.

Who qualifies?

Children who reside in Linn County, children under 21, children with current mental health diagnosis or in need of an evaluation, and/or those who have no other funding resources available for mental health services. Contact 319-892-5726 or


NAMI has many online resources, including a crisis line, local resources, tele-therapy, courses for parents, etc.

  • Call 800-950-6264 Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Text “NAMI” to 741741
  • Johnson County-family support via Zoom, Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Meeting ID-896 1070 9952)

Key Contacts

Hannah Richmond

Counselor M-Z

Donna Burkle

Counseling Secretary