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Grant Parish, LA: Partnering schools with medical/mental health care

April 14, 2018, Alexandria (LA) Town Talk: At least four new school-based health clinics planned in Rapides https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/education/2018/04/14/least-four-new-school-based-health-clinics-planned-rapides/510771002/ A group that operates community health centers and school clinics in north and central Louisiana is expanding to four schools in Alexandria with the help of a grant from the Rapides Foundation. … "We're in eight schools in Winn Parish; we're in five schools in Grant Parish, and we just keep expanding because there's such a need in north and central Louisiana for access to quality healthcare," CEO Deano Thornton told partners Thursday at an open house for the clinic at AMMS. Trinity is providing free medical and mental health care to about 450 AMMS students whose parents provided consent before school started, according to the school…. Trinity renovated a large spare classroom for its clinic at AMMS, which includes exam rooms, a counseling room, offices and a laboratory. The clinic operated out of another spare classroom during the renovation process, which wrapped up a couple weeks ago. … Thornton said school-based health centers are a national trend. …