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Health care providers offer up therapists for Fairview schools


Health care providers offer up therapists for Fairview schools

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United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) and Mercy Community Healthcare have teamed up to ensure students throughout Fairview have access to behavioral health services.

United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) and Mercy Community Healthcare have teamed up to ensure students throughout Fairview have access to behavioral health services.

Beginning immediately, Mercy Community Healthcare will staff therapists year-round in Fairview schools, with one therapist in Fairview High School, one in Fairview Middle School and one therapist shared between the two elementary schools.

Therapists will offer two parent/teacher training sessions each year on topics ranging from successful homework completion to Internet safety to managing difficult behavior. Therapists will also treat individual students struggling with anxiety, depression, authority issues, anger management issues and ADHD.

The program is a direct response to a community needs assessment conducted in 2014 by Middle Tennessee State University for UWWC. The assessment was done in collaboration with Williamson County government and the City of Franklin. Volunteers reviewed results from the assessment and made recommendations to address gaps in services.

A critical need identified was for behavioral and emotional counseling for youth, particularly in more rural areas of the county.

“Providing opportunities to improve children’s lives is exactly what United Way works to accomplish,” said Pam Bryant, UWWC President and CEO. “Bringing these services to students aligns with our focus on Education, Income and Health – the foundation which effects academic performance, future stability and ongoing health.”

According to Bryant, Mercy Community Healthcare was a natural choice to partner in providing these services. Mercy’s Behavioral Health School Services Program, which will oversee the Fairview program, has already provided counseling services in New Hope Academy and Williamson County’s Winstead School. The Fairview program, however, will be unique in that the schools will be established as permanent service sites.

“One in five children in Tennessee will be diagnosed with a mental disorder,” said Jonathan Boye, Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Mercy Community Healthcare. “Many of these children are at a disadvantage because of poor access to care. These youth are faced with a lack of available funds. Mercy Community Healthcare is happy to join forces with Williamson County School District and United Way to provide mental health services to Fairview schools. With this partnership, Mercy Community Healthcare will be positioned to help students to realize greater academic achievement, enhanced student and staff wellbeing, and improved school climate and culture.”

Currently, a therapist from The Guidance Center rotates among all four Fairview schools. By adding these three therapists, more students can be served.

“The opportunities to have school-based counseling opportunities at this extensive level in our schools will benefit students, families and our community as a whole,” said Fairview High School Principal Dr. Juli Oyer. “We believe this has the potential to create trajectory-changing experiences for our students, offering them access to success like never before. We appreciate the work of United Way and Mercy and are thankful for the work that has gone into this to make it happen.”

“Mercy Community Healthcare is excited about providing these much-needed services to the children in Fairview,” said Margaret Owens, Mercy Community Healthcare interim CEO. “We are thrilled to be chosen by United Way of Williamson County and look forward to a long relationship of serving these children.”

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