This week, the Antioch Unified School District announced it has been awarded a grant that would allow them to hire 10 mental health professionals, or, “transition coaches”.
According to the District, these health professionals will begin with referrals and will obtain permission from families prior to assessing students and beginning individual, group, or a combination of therapy.
Superintendent Stephanie Anello said Thursday that these positions will be vital for the district and student’s as they work through remote learning. The Transition Coaches will be providing services remotely via Telehealth to provide assistance to students who need them.
“We are thrilled that we are going to be able to provide these services to our students and community. We are in trying times and being able to provide professional health services will help improve the learning environment both for distance learning and for when students return to campus,” said Anello.
Board President Diane Gibson-Gray called this great news for the District and the community which is greatly needed. She called it a great resource that will be available very soon for the students in the new school year. She is hopefully even more resources within the District will be available as well as the District is seeking additional funding for a variety of other resources.
Anello said they applied for the grant because they applied for the grant as they recognize some students need assistance navigating the stress in their lives as well as the Districts budget constraints. Schools are being asked to not only educate, but provide much needed mental health services.
While students are learning at home, Transition Coaches will be providing services remotely via Telehealth. The grant is for a five year period.