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Waynesboro, PA: School district renews in-school "behavioral support services" with local provider

June 16, 2019, Hagerstown, MD, Herald Mail Media: Waynesboro school board approves behavior-support agreement WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Behavioral-support services will continue to be available to students in the Waynesboro Area School District in the 2019-20 school year. The Waynesboro Area School Board unanimously renewed its agreement with Laurel Life, a licensed psychiatric service in Franklin County, Pa., to provide behavioral-health services to students. "They provide behavioral-health services to schools across the county," school district Superintendent Tod Kline said Tuesday night at a board meeting. "It's no cost to the district, to my understanding." Laurel Life provides behavioral services at local schools, which includes assessments, counseling and behavioral interventions designed to promote a student's social, emotional and academic success. Under the agreement, Laurel Life will provide behavioral-health services, including therapy to students having difficulties in their mainstream education. "This service is intended to address underlying mental-health conditions, which are often manifested through behaviors," the agreement states. "The (school) now has additional resources to address behavioral concerns while keeping (its) focus on student learning and education." The Waynesboro school district won't be responsible for the costs associated with any services provided by Laurel Life, the agreement states. Sherri Sullivan, the school district's director of special education and student services, told the school board in January that the Laurel Life program helps return students to their mainstream education…. To maintain continuity of care, Laurel Life also will provide services during the summer, the agreement states. A therapist at the school will determine if students already receiving support services should continue to do so in the summer.


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