BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Blackfoot High School, Cassia Alternative High School, Declo Junior High School and Irving Middle School all received the Healthy Minds Technical Assistance grant.
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health organizes this grant to improve student access for needed behavioral health services.
Approximately $15,000 will help these schools with weekly coaching and support through July 2019 to build partnerships with community behavioral health providers.
“There can never be too much help available for children, especially when it comes to the whole student and fostering healthy minds," says Andrea Gochnour, a counselor at Cassia Alternative High School.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. CDC research indicates one out of seven children aged two – eight years are reported to have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.