Mesa Public Schools (MPS) in Mesa, Arizona, partnered with Terros Health to provide school-based behavioral health services to students in grades pre-K through sixth grade. The partnership began in 2020, when Terros Health was assigned to all preschool programs in the district. MPS expanded the partnership to provide school-based behavioral health services through sixth grade at three elementary schools: Washington, Whittier and Sirrine. The services are intended to help students overcome emotional, social and developmental challenges.
If a student at the three elementary schools is identified with concerns about developmental, social, or emotional health, the student is referred to Terros, which will reach out to the student’s family to offer services to help the student and family. The identification can be made by the student, parent, or an MPS staff member. Treatment is paid for by patients’ private insurance. Uninsured individuals also can gain access to services through programs provided by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
In addition to Terros Health, MPS partners with four other behavioral health provider organizations to provide school-based services. The district has 82 schools and approximately 64,000 students. It has a behavioral health partner at each high school, and most junior high schools. It is now focusing on connecting the elementary schools with a behavioral health partner. The initiative began three years ago, and currently 42 schools are connected.
This was reported by East Valley Tribune on October 1, 2021.
Contact information: Terros Health, 3003 N Central Ave Suite #400, Phoenix, AZ 85012; Website: https://www.terroshealth.org/