Magazine article Curriculum Review

Missouri Schools Increase Students' Access to Mental Health Care

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Missouri Schools Increase Students' Access to Mental Health Care

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Missouri students struggling with emotional and mental health issues now have an outlet and new access to care designed to help them deal specifically with these personal issues.

According to Fourstateshomepage.com, a Mo. news center, a school-based program has recently been developed for students in McDonald County.

The Ozark Center, a health care agency operated by the Freeman Health System of hospitals and clinics, which treats children and adults in Missouri. Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, is reaching into schools to provide students with one-on-one mental health care.

"We bring licensed counselors and case managers to the schools and they work on-site here," said the Ozark Center's Vicky Meiseler, reported the news site.

The goal of the program is to provide students without any access to mental health care with a licensed and qualified professional to address individual issues.

It's a move welcomed by McDonald County Superintendent Dr. Mark Stanton, who reportedly said that today's students "have more problems in this day and age. …

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