The health of students and staff is on the minds of school board members as they contemplate three health clinic proposals.
The first is a partnership with the Center for Mental Health.
Interviews are currently being conducted for a counselor to be based at Delta Middle School who would serve as a resource for the entire school district. Assistant superintendent Kurt Clay said the school district hopes to have that program up and running before the end of the school year.
At Garnet Mesa Elementary School, a $20,000 start-up grant has been awarded for a school-based clinic. Students are currently brainstorming a name for the clinic, which will be housed in the modular unit on the east end of campus.
The clinic will be staffed by a mental health professional and a physician's assistant who will handle all aspects of student health for uninsured and underinsured students of all ages.
The school district has applied for a $400,000 grant to sustain the program over the next four years. If that grant application is successful, the clinic will open in the fall.
Clay said there are 52 school-based clinics across the state, the closest being at Northside Elementary in Montrose.
"This is the last round of funding coming from the state, so we're excited to pursue this program," Clay said.
The third proposal comes from a joint discussion with Delta County Memorial Hospital and other public entities within Delta County to meet the needs of their employees. Discussions revolve around a model used in Mesa County and based at Community Hospital. The goal is health care savings for employees and employers alike.blog comments powered by Disqus