We partner with several community-based organizations to provide behavioral health services for our students. Valley Cities and Kent Youth and Family Services (KYFS) are two of the providers that serve in several of our schools. The district also has agreements with other agencies that allow agencies to support students on school grounds. May 8 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
Valley Cities provides mental health counseling in four elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools. Valley Cities often works as a collaborative partner with Kent when students need wrap around services. Wrap around service is a team-based planning process for youth with complex needs and their families to collaboratively develop and implement a plan of care for the youth. This is an intensive process to provide a plan for the youth at school and out in the community.
Kent Youth and Family Services has been supporting students through drug and alcohol prevention and intervention programs. Their counselors deliver the GAINS assessment to students, so they can assess their areas of need and provide targeted support. Counselors provide education around drugs and alcohol for health classes, small group intervention, and one on one counseling. KYFS also provides mental health counseling in the remaining middle school and another high school.
Thank you to our incredible KSD community for helping support our students!