Walla Walla, WA: In-school health clinic to address "social emotional needs of our students"

Sept 21, 2017, Walla Walla (WA) Union Bulletin: Ribbon cutting for Wa-Hi Health Center The Health Center board of directors will host a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Walla Walla High School clinic at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tours of the facility will follow. Superintendent Wade Smith has advocated for the expansion since assuming his duties in July 2016. “The Health Center services directly support the district’s new Strategic Plan as we further address the social and emotional needs of our students,” Wade said in a release. “Issues like chronic absenteeism, mental health and lack of access to quality health care are embedded in the mission these school-based health centers.”... The Health Center clinics provide no-cost primary care, care coordination and behavioral health services focusing on mental health support.… “We appreciate the support of the Walla Walla County Commissioners and are excited to provide quality services in support of these well documented mental health needs,” The Health Center Executive Director Stan Ledington said. “We know quality health care supports academic achievement and student success.”