Shenandoah, IA: Board considers contract with mental health provider for "identified students"

Jan 8, 2018, KMA Radio, Shenandoah, IA: Mental health services contract on Shen board agenda Shenandoah's School Board deals with unfinished business at its first meeting of 2018 Meeting at 5 p.m. at the School Administration Building, the board will consider a contract with Midwest Mental Health Services to provide in-house services for identified students. Speaking on a recent edition of KMA's "Morning Line" program, Shenandoah School Superintendent Dr. Kerri Nelson said it's important to reduce the barriers and stigma surrounding those services for young people. "We've talked nationally and locally about the needs of our students," said Nelson. "It's a national crisis, our mental health. Often times, students aren't able to access the services they need, because of the time involved. When do you get an appointment when you're in school all day, and you have activities in the evening. So, we're working with Kendra Weston to provide an opportunity at school, where they'll receive some of the services there." Nelson says services would be provided at the parents' expense. The superintendent believes there's a tremendous need for mental health support for students. "When you look at our students and what they come to school with," said Nelson, "and their environment, when you look at reasons why different things happen in school environments, including acts of violence, and other things that happen in environments you have a lot of people together, our students need support.