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Woodland, WA: Free mental health services for students; "a huge difference in their learning"

Jan 22, 2018, Woodland, WA, Clark County Today: Woodland Public Schools partners with local providers to provide mental health services http://www.clarkcountytoday.com/youth/woodland-public-schools-partners-with-local-providers-to-provide-mental-health-services/ Woodland Public Schools will now offer free mental health services to students at TEAM High School, the district’s alternative high school program, thanks to a funding allocation received from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Federal program which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Students from all backgrounds can experience trauma or stressful situations from any aspect of their lives and may benefit from simply having someone talk with them about their problems. “Therapy offers an effective method for students to receive care from a professionally-trained practitioner who actively listens to them and helps them cope with difficult issues that may be interrupting their learning,” explained Jake Hall, the district’s executive director of Learning Supports and Alternatives. “For many students, therapy is a key for success in academic and behavioral growth.”… … Stacy Brown, business services manager, and Hall decided to start by providing free mental health services to TEAM High School students. “We decided to start at TEAM as the school doesn’t currently have support of this kind on a regular basis like our other schools,” explained Brown. “In addition, the district will continue to receive these funds annually so we will be able to ensure TEAM High students have access to these services in future years, too.” Teachers and support staff keep an eye out for students who might benefit from therapy and offer them the option to receive free mental health services. “Our teachers and staff work with many students who deal with a wide variety of stressful issues during their busy lives – both in and out of school,” said Hall. “Having a licensed professional listen and provide support can make a huge difference in their learning.” …