Supporting the mental health of students is a critically important part of what schools do and it must be accomplished in collaboration with families and community agencies. The College Community School District is making great progress in this effort by partnering with Tanager Place and Mercy Family Counseling for the upcoming school year.
Throughout the current school year, Tanager and College Community have monitored a pilot program of Tanager Place services at Prairie Crest and Prairie View. This school-based therapy program focuses on integration of a full time therapist across the two school sites. The therapist provides therapy services to a number of students in both schools and partners with teachers, school teams, and parents to support the student’s mental health in the home and school settings. This model will be expanded to all elementary schools, Prairie Creek, Prairie Point, and Prairie High School next year.
Additionally, with funding provided by Tanager Place and United Way of East Central Iowa, the district will pilot a holistic model at one school site in which the school-based therapist can provide educational opportunities to staff and parents across the school district.
A partnership with Mercy Family Counseling will be in place in the fall at all schools. Mental healthcare interns, who are supervised by licensed clinicians, will be available to work with families who are concerned about their children’s mental health. Initial appointments can be scheduled at the school through the school counselor and the services will take place conveniently at the Mercy Care Prairie Creek office just east of the College Community campus. This allows our students to have very timely access to mental health care with a trusted provider.
College Community School District is grateful to Tanager Place, Mercy Medical Center, the Mercy Foundation, and United Way of East Central Iowa for their support of our school community in providing responsive mental health care options for students.