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KOKOMO, Ind. - Since 2014, Four County has partnered with Bona Vista to provide mental health and psychiatric services to clients in need. In July 2020, further collaboration tasked Four County with providing mental and emotional wellness programs to staff of Bona Vista. With continued successful discussions and planning, giant leaps will be taken once again by the two this fall as Four County will provide on-site school based services to Bona Vista’s Early Childhood Programs. 

Bona Vista Programs, Inc. is committed to improve the quality of life for the children and adults enrolled in its services. "Bona Vista’s Early Childhood Services are incredibly thankful to partner with the staff at Four County to offer School Based services to our children and families" remarks Bailley Maxwell the Early Childhood Director with Bona Vista Programs, Inc. "Our early childhood teachers recognize the importance of tending to the mental health needs of the whole family. Parents and guardians will have the peace of mind knowing their child is receiving trusted mental health services in a safe, familiar environment while enrolled in our Early Head Start and Keys for Kids classrooms."

Offered daily by a certified Four County clinician, on-site services will provide increased access to support for youth. School based services entail comprehensive, tiered school supports to address social, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Four County has designed its school-based programming to meet the unique needs of school partners and programs while aligned with state educational initiatives . School-based supports can include: Therapists, School Psychologists, and Skills Trainers. A school-based Skills Trainer will be designated to support students who have emotional or behavioral difficulties that have a negative impact on academic and social performance.

Lisa Willis-Gidley, Vice President of Operations with Four County has worked to bridge this partnership and states, "It is extremely exciting to expand the partnership between Four County and Bona Vista. Our agencies have collaborated at many levels over the past few years and we are so proud of the continued development. This partnership will offer Bona Vista’s Early Childhood Programs with on-site mental health services, as well as offering professional development to staff. Our continued efforts will integrate our services, reducing stigma and increasing access for those who need our support."
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