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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Partnership Model to Provide Mental Health Services in Schools

By: Nora Fox and Sara Langworthy


One of the pervasive questions plaguing many schools today is how to appropriately handle the mental health concerns facing their students. Hiring more behavior staff or counselors in schools is one approach that has had some success, but is costly to schools. This approach focuses primarily on the in-school challenges, and lacks coordinated family-based support many children need to thrive.

We know that kids learn best when their homes, schools, and neighborhoods promote their health and well-being. But often the logistical impracticalities of providing comprehensive mental health services for children in schools and at home overwhelm capacity of well-meaning staff and students.

In short, everyone gets frustrated, and the challenges get worse, seeping into every classroom, playground, and school bus.

But Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul is pioneering a model of linking mental health services in home and school environments.
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