USD 305 Program Addresses Growing Behavioral Health Needs in Schools

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Kelsey Lombard, left, school social worker, works with Jaclyn Lacy, community services case manager, at Central High School. Photo courtesy of Salina USD 305“/>
Kelsey Lombard, left, school social worker, works with Jaclyn Lacy, community services case manager, at Central High School. Photo courtesy Salina USD 305

From SALINA USD 305

In itself, growing up is a challenge. The impacts of COVID are intensifying this and schools have seen more students needing behavioral health services.

USD 305 supports the Mental Health Response Team program which combines school and community support in a new way. The program has placed school liaisons who connect families with mental health providers.

School Liaison Officers present options to families and support them through the referral process. Trained mental health care providers in our community provide the actual services.

“The Mental Health Response Team program is important in helping students succeed in school and at home,” said Tiffany Lowe, Director of Student Support Services. “This collaborative way of supporting individual students has shown positive results for many USD 305 students.”

The need for this program is clear and continues to grow. This year’s mid-year report reveals that 463 students are receiving services this school year. Last school year’s mid-year report was 386.

Program outcomes include improved internalized and externalized behaviors, improved attendance and study. Learn more by watching Lowe’s presentation at the Jan. 11 school board meeting on the district’s YouTube channel, $305.

With 6,713 students, Salina USD 305 is the twelfth largest school district in Kansas. Salina USD 305 is committed to being the best place to learn and work by overcoming challenges, creating belonging, fostering pride and inspiring hope. The district offers personalized and safe learning environments with a wide range of opportunities to engage each student beyond the classroom. An early learning center, a K-12 virtual school, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools serve K-12 students. For more information, visit usd305.com.

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