SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – As students prepare to return to campus later this month, the East Side Union High School District is expanding access to mental health care providers for students, families and teachers.
On Thursday, the district announced a partnership with Care Solace – an organization dedicated to simplifying the coordination of mental health care by offering a 24/7 Care Concierge and a bespoke online tool to help yourself Connect with community psychiatric care and remote.
CONTINUE READING: COVID Reopening: California Allows Indoor Meetings, Concerts on April 15; Test or vaccination required
District leaders said this is especially important as people return to learning in person and recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“We understand the adverse effects Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) have on student performance. This pandemic has been a traumatic experience for all of our students to one degree or another, ”said Pattie Cortese, member of the ESUHSD Board of Trustees. “We have to offer them opportunities to process what they have experienced over the past year.”
Cortese also stressed the need for staff wellbeing so that they can be fully present for the students.
District leaders say the most notable aspect of Care Solace is its navigation system, which connects students and staff to a database of behavioral and mental health resources to find “vetted” therapists and programs in minutes.
CONTINUE READING: UPDATE: Mountain View Police ‘Quack’ case of stolen giant rubber duck with 3 arrests
The database also contains resources for drug abuse treatment.
In addition, the Care Concierge is always available in any language to help all students and employees regardless of their insurance status.
“With Care Solace, we are moving from asking families, staff, and students to navigate the mental health system on their own, to providing support that allows us to walk side by side with them through the process,” said Dr. Chaun Powell, ESUHSD Director for Student Services.
The campuses will be taught in person on April 12th. Care Solace services are already available free of charge to all students, staff and their families in the East Side Union High School District.
For more information on the new program, please visit https://home.caresolace.com/.
MORE NEWS: California COVID contact tracing has failed to meet targets, state auditor finds
© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.