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Muscatine,IA: 2 hospital employees in charge of mental health for school district

Sept 25, 2017, Muscatine (IA) Journal: Muscatine sees mental health support as path to success in school http://muscatinejournal.com/muscatine/news/local/muscatine-sees-mental-health-support-as-path-to-success-in/article_1270872b-b34e-57f9-876e-245c0c0d9b99.html Muscatine Community School District has contracted two employees of Trinity Hospital to be the school’s new resource navigators. According to a job summary obtained from the school, the resource navigator connects students and their families with “academic, medical, dental, social/emotional and other support service needs.” The resource navigator’s goal is to maintain youth enrollment in school while making progress toward matriculation. Their duties range from behavioral health intervention for students to facilitating the conversation between students, families, and community resources. “While we deal with mental health — and the position does deal with that — the position is more encompassing than that,” said Jamie Walker, of Trinity Public Health in Muscatine. “We have been working with the school to provide access to wider resources.” Walker said that it is the job of these resource navigators to be the experts on what resources are available through the community.... “Mental health was one that certainly rose to the top as one that we need more services in our district,” McGrory said. “So we started looking at how we could do that. So we started working with Trinity and opening these two new positions.” Eya Leza and Allison Thomas will be the schools navigators, and though they will have offices at Central and West Middle School, the pair is charged with kindergarten through eighth grade mental health. McGrory said that they have been receiving some training and are likely to start in October.