LIMA —The Lima school board Monday night approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and Health Partners to provide on-site behavioral health services for the upcoming school year, which starts Wednesday.
According to a news release, Health Partners will hire three behavioral health providers, one for high school, one for middle schools and another for elementary schools, and a family practice medical provider.
Lima schools has already used Health Partners in the past. They’ve operated the Spartan Health Center at Lima Senior High School for the past five years. That center is available to all students, staff and their families. The same will be the case for this new service, according to the release.
“The Spartan Health Center has been a tremendous addition to the Lima City Schools,” superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “This is an extension of this great partnership that will allow us to continue to care for the whole student.”
The center can help deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, behavior issues, family stress and other challenges students and families might face.
In addition to the staffed center located at Lima Senior, the behavioral health providers will be scheduled at the elementary and middle schools.
Planning for the new service began with school officials talking about the behavioral needs of the district’s students and family.
“It’s always easier when you have one entity providing all the services,” said Dr. Elizabeth West, Health Partners Chief Operations Officer. “The school district and Health Partners have a consistent message. Our goals are the same — improve wellness so kids can be successful in school.”
Families needing to make an appointment can call the Spartan Health Center at 419-996-3436.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.