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K-5 Social Emotional Health Pilot Grant
About K-5 Social-Emotional Health Pilot Plan
School mental health professionals, including school social workers, positively impact the school environment by working with young students and their families to identify safety net insecurities, social and emotional skills deficits, instances of abuse and neglect, and mental health challenges. Identifying these student issues as early as possible increases the likelihood that problems can be resolved successfully and in a manner that decreases long-term problems with learning and other barriers to student success in the future.
The intent of the K-5 Social-Emotional Pilot Program is to place a team of school mental health professionals in every pilot program school and will allow the team, in partnership with classroom teachers, to provide needed support for young students and their families at a critical time in their education. A significant goal of the pilot program is to ensure that students of elementary age receive the right level of necessary services, in the right place, and at the right time to help remove the burden placed on teachers to be everything to a student, from therapist to family counselor, and instead allows teachers to return to their primary task: teaching.
The pilot program will enable parents, students, teachers, administrators, and school mental health professionals to create a safe, positive, and successful school learning environment.
The intent of the pilot is to provide funding for K-5 social and emotional health pilot program in the department to determine the impact of dedicated school mental health professionals in kindergarten through fifth grade in elementary schools that have high-poverty, high-need students.