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Behavioral Health Pilot Program Launched

Behavioral Health Pilot Program Launched
Posted on 10/02/2017
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A new program launched this fall provides on-site behavioral health services for students at two Nampa schools.

Services are provided by licensed therapists from Pioneer Health Resources working closely with school counselors at West Middle School and Nampa High School.

The project is coordinated by the Southwest Health Collaborative’s Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup, which is focused on enhancing access to services for school-aged children.

“This work mirrors similar projects between the Caldwell School District and Terry Reilly and Lifeways,” said Rachel Blanton, program manager at Southwest District Health. “The goal of the project is not only to offer services to students at West Middle and Nampa High but also to learn from what is working well in order to create a roadmap for other communities that want to do something similar to address behavioral health needs of local children.”

Funding was provided by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health and St. Luke’s. Mental health is among the top three priorities identified in the 2016 St. Luke’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

Previously, Nampa School District partnered with Pioneer to offer groups at two schools. The groups were successful in improving attendance and students’ self-assessment, Blanton said. However, the program was discontinued because of sustainability issues.

For the current program, Pioneer is responsible for staffing and billing. School counselors identify children in need of services.

Pioneer therapists provide treatment services designed to help students cope with a variety of behavioral problems such as anger, grief, impulsivity, self-esteem, depression and anxiety. They also focus on teaching coping skills and improving social skills, interpersonal communication, and ways to prevent substance use.

For more information, please contact Rachel Blanton at Southwest District Health at Rachel.blanton@phd3.idaho.gov.