The pilot mental health program in schools will be expanded to include additional districts

SAN ANTONIO – Two years ago, KSAT12 was first introduced into a cooperation program with six local agencies.

The Mental Health Mobile Unit was a way to provide students, their families, faculties, and staff with a place to attend to their mental needs.

The CARE zone opened in South San ISD and has been thriving ever since. Now Harlandale and Edgewood ISDs have added them to their schools.

“In our first year we had 1,600 people and it has now grown with the three school districts. We have seen over 5,000 people since the beginning of this year,” said Talli Dodge of Jewish Family Services.

As a result of the pandemic, the program’s curriculum also expanded and the services became practically generally available.

“Teachers and administrators, of course, didn’t have a roadmap to deal with this,” said Dodge. “But now they had to consult our services to really find out how to implement behavioral health problems in the classroom through Zoom.”

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In addition to the two new districts adding the program, eight more are under discussion to add it, and the model is even receiving national attention.

For more information on the services offered by the CARE zone, see each district’s website.

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