Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington awarded us a three-year grant totaling $1.5 million to improve mental health support for students. The grant will increase our capacity to assess, implement and monitor mental health services.
Currently, we provide school mental health services through school counselors, nurses and social workers, as well as community-based mental health providers.
“There is a lot of great work happening in our schools to support student mental health. This grant will allow us to bring it all together so we can serve students even better,” Director of Social-emotional Learning Doug Judge said. “It will also support the emotional health and well-being of our staff.”
The grant will fund a project manager, a health systems navigator, and three school-based leads. Mental health supports will be tied in with our existing Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning practices. We will continue to take advantage of existing partnerships with community-based service providers as well as establish better district support teams focused on mental health.
Other mental health initiatives funded by the grant include increasing staff and community health knowledge and sustaining positive and emotionally intelligent school communities.