Centerstone to Provide Mental, Emotional Health Service to Carterville School District

Centerstone to Provide Mental, Emotional Health Service to Carterville School District

WEST FRANKFORT – Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, received a $300,000 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation’s Covid School Wellness Initiative to provide mental and emotional health services to Carterville School District students, families and school staff who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The lasting effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the overall health and wellness of students, parents, and school personnel continue to remain at the forefront of the minds of school administrators and mental health professionals alike,” Preston Simpson, Centerstone Clinical Coordinator, said.

To address these needs, Centerstone and the school created “Carterville COVID School Wellness” – a group that aims to address the needs of students, parents, and teachers through new and innovative strategies to create a learning environment and overall community atmosphere where all are successful and feel positively connected to the school.

The goals of the “Carterville COVID School Wellness” program include:

· Enhancing the ways in which teachers and school personnel can integrate social/emotional learning in the classroom through a digital platform
· The addition of a district parent liaison who will assist with increasing parent engagement and support, and ultimately students
· Increasing the number of home visits
· Increasing awareness of mental health and the capacity for providing trauma-informed practices through education and support
· Increasing self-care practices for school personnel through project driven initiatives that promote individualized self-care plans

“The Covid School Wellness Initiative is an attempt by ILCHF to address emotional stress and distress caused by the pandemic,” Amy Starin, PhD, LCSW, ILCHF’s Senior Program Officer for Mental Health, said. “What is unique about it is that we encouraged applicants to address the emotional wellness of not only children, but also parents, caregivers and school staff.”

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