Topeka, KS: In-school mental health clinic for Topeka High School

Jan 3, 2018, Topeka (KS) Capital Journal: USD 501 officials confirm in-house health clinic will be at Topeka High School An in-house health clinic is expected to open inside Topeka High School by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, district officials said on Wednesday. … While the board approved the project during their Dec. 21 business meeting, few concrete details about the project were available on Wednesday, like an opening date and what specific services will be provided other than “healthcare and mental health services” and what money will be used for ongoing operating expenses. … Kruger said USD 501 has already expanded mental health services by increasing the number of counselors and social workers throughout the district. The district has been partnering with Grace Med, a Wichita-based health care provider, since the beginning of the current school year to provide dental health services for USD 501 students. Alice Weingartner, Shawnee County’s health center director for Grace Med, said that partnership is going well, serving an estimated 300 students who are eligible for Medicaid. “With that program, we’re able to go to the school and provide preventative screenings, education, do a cleaning, provide sealants and flouride treatments as needed,” she said. “We expect to see those kids, most of those kids and probably some new kids this spring because we can see them multiple times.”