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Tahoma, WA: District addresses mental health with student screening

Feb 1, 2019, Federal Valley, WA, Maple Valley Reporter: Grant will fund new mental health coordinators https://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/news/grant-will-fund-new-mental-health-coordinators/ The Tahoma School District received a grant from King County called “Best Starts for Kids,” to hire two new mental health coordinators for the middle schools. … The higher the risk, the higher the priority. Once a student has completed the questionnaire and it has been evaluated, that’s when the new mental health and wellness coordinators come into play. Gwendolyhe Tahoma School District received a grant from King County called “Best Starts for Kids,” to hire two new mental health coordinators for the middle schools. …n Huete , the new Mental Health and Wellness coordinator at Summit Trails Middle School, said her role is to screen students and provide them with a brief intervention that consists of one to five sessions, she said. … The screening program is still in the beginning stages, Wakeley added. Huete said she started screening and speaking with kids starting in November 2018, and said so far it’s been a success. … Meaning the school sends out permission forms to parents in order to screen the student. Soon though, Wakeley said they will have an opt-out strategy, once the school starts doing more universal screenings of bigger groups of students who will be screened. …