Mental Health & Wellness Hub
This page is filled with resources to help those in crisis, those who need resources, those who need assistance...as well as those who love them. We are committed to and invested in the safety and well-being of our youth and we need your help. Please take time to review the information here, share it with those you know, and let us know how we can help.
Up to one in five kids living in the United States shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.
And yet nearly 80% of children who need mental health services won't get them.
The problems they face can tie into major problems found in schools: chronic absence, low achievement, disruptive behavior, and dropping out. - Source: NPR, July 2016
Students in the Belton School District have regular access to licensed therapists through a school-based therapy program. The ACCESS (Appropriate Clinical Care Engaged in School Settings) program serves between 250 and 300 Belton students with mental health care each year.
The program is targeted to reach children who wouldn’t otherwise have access due to barriers such as transportation, lack of income, lack of insurance coverage. Student services include individual therapy, group psychoeducation, family therapy, evaluations, and more. Therapists also provide valuable consultations with teachers and school staff, training for school staff, and crisis services for children and families in the Belton School District.
Many parents, teachers, and therapists have shared positive experiences in a recent survey. “I love that this therapy service is available via Belton schools. It gave me peace of mind throughout the years of my child’s needs. It was extremely helpful and trustworthy. My child knew when and where to go when needed. Please, keep up the great work in the service! We have 'graduated' out of the service, but we are glad to know we can 'visit' as needed. We are excited for other children and families who will benefit.”
Since 2010, the Belton Educational Foundation has secured over $1.6 million in grants from the Health Forward Foundation to fund the district ACCESS program serving students in all Belton schools, preschool through high school.
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