Some teachers from all over West Virginia and community residents got a first-hand look at a very important program in Ohio County Schools.
Middle Creek Elementary is one of four schools in Ohio County that hosts an expanded mental health program.
That school hosted an open house for people to see some of the best practices used.
The help could include suicide and substance abuse, prevention or early intervention to help at-risk students, or intensive intervention including counseling and therapy.
Madison Elementary Counselor, Jessica Watt said, “When school counselors go into classrooms and teach developmental guidance lessons and help meet all of the social and emotional needs and teaches children prevention, like avoiding drugs and alcohol.”
The expanded School mental health framework includes three tiers, prevention, targeted intervention and intensive intervention.