Republic schools, Burrell team up for mental health

The Republic School Board approved an agreement between the district and Burrell Behavioral Health during the board’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. Under the agreement, the district and Burrell will work together to provide mental health services to Republic students determined to be in need of them.
According to a memorandum of understanding provided in the board’s meeting documents, Burrell will place behavioral health professionals in school buildings where the need, determined by school and Burrell administrators. The behavioral health professionals will be expected to use “scientifically supported and evidence-based practice strategies” when working with students. For students with significant behavioral or mental health needs, the behavioral health professionals will “coordinate outside agency services, directly teach problem solving and coping skills individually and in groups and may assist with de-escalation for Burrell clients upon request.”
Burrell will also be expected to work with school personnel to meet student and family needs in the event of a crisis situation, and provide “an annual summary of overall program effectiveness related to scope of services to designated school personnel.”
During the meeting, the board also approved a curriculum change to create a dual-credit opportunity for students. The change allows the district to enter into a dual-credit agreement with Drury University to make “Advanced Oral Interpretation Forensics and Debate,” an existing class at Republic High School, transfer to Drury as credit for Communications 211, Presentational Speaking, which then can transfer to Missouri State University as Communications 115.


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