School-Based Services Expand in Howard CountyKOKOMO, Ind. - Taking School-Based services even further, Four County and Northwestern School Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic school year. This agreement is a product of a long standing relationship between the two corporations, which began when Four County moved into the community and started providing services to the residents of Howard County.
Northwestern School Corporation and Four County will spend the first few weeks of school working together to identify students in need of school-based mental health services provided through this partnership. Services provided entail comprehensive, tiered school supports to address social, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Four County currently services 26 school corporations and has clinicians embedded in roughly 91 school buildings. Lisa Willis-Gidley, Vice President of Operations with Four County has worked to bridge this partnership and states, "We are so excited to serve Northwestern more formally this year. We hope to benefit the students and staff with our social, emotional expertise and grow this partnership."
Four County has designed its school-based programming to meet the unique needs of school partners and are aligned with state educational initiatives . School-based supports can include: Therapists, School Psychologists, and Skills Trainers. School-based Skills Trainers are assigned to schools to support students who have emotional or behavioral difficulties that have a negative impact on academic and social performance in schools.