Eau Claire School Board considers mental health policy

Eau Claire (WQOW)- As mental health issues are on the rise, the Eau Claire School District plans on taking action.

Eau Claire School Board President Joe Luginbill said they haven’t had a mental health policy in the books before, and Monday night they are reviewing a possible policy.

Luginbill said if passed, the policy would have three tiers.

The first would focus on relationship building, the second would be early identification and the third tier would be individualized plans and strategies.

The district would work with licensed clinical behavioral health providers for their school-based mental health services for students within the school day hours.

“As anyone in the community can see, mental health is quickly becoming a very big issue, a very big challenge for governments, for the public sector, private sector to be looking at,” Luginbill said.  “For us, a school district it’s just doing our due diligence to make sure we’re meeting the needs of students.”

The purpose of the program is to provide timely services and treatment, reduce and prevent suicide and violence and improve school performances to name a few.

Luginbill said the new policy wouldn’t cost any money because it would be billed to insurance or could be paid for by grants.

If the discussion on the policy is agreed on, they would pass it on the September 24 meeting.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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