The Wichita school district is taking a positive step in teaming with Comcare of Sedgwick County to put “behavioral health intervention teams” in 22 schools.
With more students coming to school from traumatic home situations, it makes sense for the district to focus mental health services on the kids needing it most. An emphasis will be placed on giving students access to mental health care in school, not forcing the family to take necessary steps to get the child help.
Teams of three — a district liaison, clinical therapist and case manager — will be in five elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools and five special schools, including the new Bryant Opportunity Academy for elementary students struggling with behavorial issues.
The teams will work with the student, family and school officials to create treatment plans. These at-risk students need the most attention, and district leaders should be congratulated for making them a focus.