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Rapid City, SD: District partners with mental health provider

Feb 19, 2018, Rapid City (SD) Journal: Pilot program helps schools address mental health care needs http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/pilot-program-helps-schools-address-mental-health-care-needs/article_0c917375-1412-5c28-a902-438063406df5.html In March, the school district and BMS will begin a pilot program intended to provide mental health services to children and families that would otherwise slip through the cracks. “We have a lot of students who need mental health services and this is just one step in the right direction to create a pathway for them to find services,” said school district lead counselor Dana Livermont in a Journal interview this week. “I know the need is great.” As part of the pilot program, four schools — Canyon Lake, South Canyon and Valley View elementary schools and South Middle School — will cumulatively receive at least 20 clinical hours of service each week through the rest of the school year. In essence, BMS’s Family Pathways program, which provides “intensive and comprehensive services geared towards child and adolescent behavioral issues and emotional problems,” will extend into the schools. …