Grandview Schools conducts mental health screening for students

Jim Cunningham
May 08, 2018 - 6:39 am
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The Grandview C-4 School District is initiating mental health screenings for students as a way of monitoring social and emotional health among grade schoolers.

The district is partnering with Cornerstones of Care to conduct school-based screenings of students in third, fourth and fifth grades. The screenings are designed to identify and create awareness for families of any elevated mental health risks. It is not designed to make behavioral health diagnoses.

"Our hope is that we just get kids some additional help, and we went to Cornerstone because they're the ones who are the experts," said Dr. Kenny Rodrequez, Grandview Schools Superintendent. "We do a lot of things really well, we educate kids really well, but we are not mental health experts."

Parents fill out consent forms before students receive screenings. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Grandview elementary schools received 45 crisis hotline calls. Eleven students were referred for a suicide assessment.
 

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