P-D-Y schools add student therapist

Staff report

In order to meet the social and emotional needs of students in the Pike-Delta-York school district, an RFS Behavioral Health program, T.A.C.K.L.E., will provide mental services during the 2018-19 school year.

A full-time licensed therapist will work with students of any age on-site to overcome daily challenges, administrators said. The therapist will focus on such behavioral concerns as defiant behaviors, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. The therapist will conduct service in a designated space in each school building and work closely with school counselors and and building staff members.

The district said a full-time therapist on staff will prevent students from missing class time and will result in fewer barriers to receive services, such as securing transportation and balancing parents’ work schedules.

The school district said in a statement: “The Pike-Delta-York Local School District believes that students’ social and emotional needs must be met in order to continue providing a superior education. This belief centers around supporting the whole child by ensuring students’ health, engagement, safety, and supports are met. The district understands this support is essential to ensuring success long term.”

District parents of any student who may benefit from the services T.A.C.K.L.E. provides will be contacted to gain parent permission.

Staff report