Bismarck school pilot project to study student mental health

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck middle school has been selected for a pilot project to identify prevention and early intervention services for students with mental health disorders.

Thirteen schools applied for a $150,000 grant that the Legislature approved last year for the project. The Bismarck Tribune reports Simle Middle School was selected to work in partnership with the state Department of Human Services.

The project aims to bridge the gap between the behavioral health system and schools, and to pinpoint students who are in need of mental health services.

Simle will implement a screening tool to identify students in need and to arrange for services including a clinical psychologist. Principal Russ Riehl says he hopes to start the yearlong project within the next month. Results will be used to help other schools.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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