School-based health centers provide mental health services to kids

Nov 2, 2018 -- Posted by : admin

Article by the Summit Daily

 

Schools are where kids learn, but also a place where they grow up and spend most of the waking hours of their childhood. Given the changes and challenges of childhood, facilities that can treat their mental and physical health are all the more important.

Through a partnership with the Summit County School District, the Summit County Community Care Clinic has been able to provide behavioral health services to Summit’s schools for over 10 years. During that time, the clinic’s behavioral health staff have provided therapists and counseling to hundreds of children, helping them navigate the most confusing part of their lives.

For most children, the counselor or therapist they meet at a school-based health center — which are based in Summit High School, Summit Middle School, Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary — is the first interaction they have with the mental health system. The care clinic’s behavioral health director, Dr. Cassie Coumeau, a licensed clinical psychologist who practices at Silverthorne and Dillon Valley elementary schools, said she and the rest of the behavioral health team are equipped to take on that responsibility.

 

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