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SBLSD piloting behavioral, mental health program

The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital selected Sumner-Bonney Lake, one of only two school districts statewide, to implement a pilot program that will increase care options for students with behavioral and mental health needs through greater access and staff training.

The two-year pilot program, called Partnership Access Line for Schools, will provide support for secondary school specialists with same-day teleconsultations with UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital psychologists and psychiatrists. Secondary school staff will receive additional training on topics to support students with behavioral and mental health needs. Select students may also have access to teleconsultation calls with professionals from UW/Seattle Children’s to support their needs.

Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and Medical Lake School District were selected based on their ability to co-develop a professional learning plan on school mental health topics and their readiness to host telemedicine appointments within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework in their schools. The pilot duration will be during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.