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Routt Cty, CO: Schools get $1.3M grant for 'perfect partnership' with local mental health provider

Nov 11, 2019, Steamboat (CO) Pilot and Today: 1st year of behavioral health grant shows significant impact in schools https://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/1st-year-of-behavioral-health-grant-shows-significant-impact-in-schools/ A year after Routt County schools were granted $1.3 million to support mental and behavioral health services, schools have increased staff and boosted support and access to services for both students and faculty…. “The investment provided by UCHealth and the CSFF toward meeting the mental health and counseling needs of our students and families has been one of the most impactful developments the district has accomplished,” Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Brad Meeks said in a written statement. “This investment has changed the way our schools operate in better meeting the needs of children.” “This investment has changed the way our schools operate in better meeting the needs of children.” The Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation is contributing $100,000 per year to the Steamboat Springs School District and $25,000 annually to both the Hayden and South Routt school districts…. “It seemed like a perfect partnership to combine forces and funds to make bigger impact,” Schneider said. The collaboration has allowed the hospital to not only continue their program, Schneider said, but double the financial investment…. “What we are seeing is, that more students have access to higher level of care, and counselors are not so overwhelmed,” Schneider said. The counselors are now better able to take care of all the students, while referring those with more complex needs to higher levels of care, she said. In addition, the data will show specifically what the needs are — whether anxiety, depression, family issues — to help get to the root causes, Schneider said, and help more clearly define the challenges faced in the community…. Across the Steamboat schools, more school-based therapists were contracted through Mind Springs Health. In total, 688 students accessed what are considered Tier II services, and 98 accessed Tier III services, for the most complex situations…. “I think it’s just a wonderful thing for our community,” Schneider said.