ACCESS Mental Health Services

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District ACCESS Mental Health Program

Since 2010, the Belton Educational Foundation has secured over $1.3 million in grants from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to fund the district ACCESS program (Appropriate Clinical Care Engaged in School Settings) and EARLY ACCESS at Grace Early Childhood Center.  Through these programs, Belton School District partners with Pathways Community Health, who provides on-site licensed therapists in each of our school buildings to provide individual and family therapy to students who may not otherwise have access to them because of lack of insurance, transportation, income or other reasons.  As a result of this initiative, we have seen a 40 to 50 percent decrease in the number of students placed in inpatient psychiatric care in the district, 90 percent of students receiving services during the 2015-2016 school year improved their ability to function as demonstrated by increasing scores on the Daily Living Assessment, and teachers report an improvement in the overall environment as students receiving services act out less in class, thereby decreasing the stress that exists for all students.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with Pathways through the continued generous support of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City. For more information about HFGKC’s initiatives, visit their website at https://hcfgkc.org/about/.

 

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