COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – College Station ISD is discussing the use of their facilities for private practice counselors to improve student access to public health.
Molley Perry, the Chief Administrative Officer of CSISD, says they presented the proposal to the board earlier this week. They are currently drafting up agreements for the students and parents.
“Right now in the Brazos Valley, child and adolescent mental health care is really a challenge. The demand is much greater than the available supply,” said Perry
The goal is to make mental health more accessible for students, cutting back on the amount of time it takes to drive to counseling appointments and back to school.
“It would be less disruption to instructional time and better access to mental health care is really the goal of this conversation. It would be much like leaving to go to the doctor but not have to leave the school,” Perry says.
Chrissy Hester, Director of Student Services at CSISD, is helping develop this as well. The administration says the program would not change the mental health and counseling currently available through the school.
“This is really about wrapping around and providing even better access for our students and working collaboratively with those in our community that also want to make sure that our students are healthy as possible,” says Perry.
The proposal is being drafted up to be presented in the CSISD board meeting next month. District officials are hopeful the program will be ready by the beginning of the next school year.