April 1, 2021 As students get ready to return to campus, the East Side Union High School District is expanding access to mental health care providers for students, families and teachers.
On Thursday, the district announced a partnership with Care Solace—an organization that aims to makes mental health care coordination easier by offering a 24-7 concierge and a customized online tool to connect with community-based services.
District leaders said this is especially important as people return back to in-person learning and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“We know the detrimental impact Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) have on student achievement,” ESUHSD trustee Pattie Cortese said. “This pandemic has been a traumatic experience for all of our students to one degree or another. We need to provide them ways to process what they have experienced this past year.”
She also emphasized the need for the district to look out for the wellbeing of staff and teachers so they could be fully present for students.
District leaders said the most notable aspect of Care Solace is the navigation system it uses to help connect students and staff to a database of behavioral and mental health resources to find “carefully verified” therapists and programs within minutes.
The database also includes resources for substance abuse treatment.
On top of that, the care concierge is available at any time, in any language to help all students and staff, regardless of insurance status.
“With Care Solace we shift from asking families, staff, and students to navigate the mental health system alone to providing support that allows us to walk side by side with them through the process,” ESUHSD Director of Student Services Dr. Chaun Powell said.
Campuses will resume in-person instruction on April 12.
The Care Solace services are already available at no cost to all East Side Union High School District students, staff and their families.
April 1, 2021 Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental health care coordination, has been selected by Valley View Community Unit School District 365U to support behavioral and mental health care referrals for its students, families, and staff members. Care Solace is equipping VVSD with a web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families, and staff to connect with mental health care resources and providers in our community.
“School is more than a place to learn, it’s a place where students come to feel embraced, included and supported,” said VVSD Executive Director of Student Services Ms. Mary Wurster. “We chose Care Solace for their unique ability to further our commitment to finding solutions that strengthen the health and safety of our learning community.”
According to Child Trends, quick and easy access to evidence-based intervention offers the best opportunity to reduce the burden of economic and health costs associated with mental health challenges. Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and the largest database of behavioral and mental health care resources in Illinois to find carefully verified local therapists and programs in just minutes.
VVSD families will also have access to an around-the-clock Care Concierge team, where experts guide families through processes related to insurance, provider availability, wait times and scheduling.
“By partnering with a mission-driven school district like VVSD, we’re paving a new path forward to connect students to verified community-based resources in times of need. There are many barriers that make it difficult for schools and families to get mental health care. We want to lift that burden so they can focus on what’s most important – getting well,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We couldn’t be more proud to support VVSD in strengthening the mental health wellbeing of their community.”
DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — Dover Area School District has partnered with Care Solace, a mental health organization that helps expand access to mental health care providers for students, staff and their families.
The Care Solace team is a team of experts that helps find the perfect provider for anyone who is in need in the community. They also will equip the district with an online tool that helps individuals seek mental health care help, both in-person and online.
“I had the opportunity to refer my first family on the day the system became available and in less than 24 hours family had a scheduled appointment with an appropriate service provider within 2 weeks,” states Mark Miller, Counselor at the Dover Area High School. “If they can do this for every family, I’m sold.”
“Creating a healthy environment for learning in the 2020-2021 school year has arguably never been more challenging for staff and families,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We are proud to support the Dover Area School District in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care services.”
The service is available at no cost to all members of the Dover Area School District and their families. For more information on Care Solace, click here.
CHANNELVIEW, TEXAS AND SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
Channelview Independent School District (ISD) has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental health care coordination, to extend access to mental health care and resources for families and staff. Care Solace equips school districts with a web-based tool that makes it easier to connect with both community-based and virtual mental health care providers and programs.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Care Solace, and know this partnership will benefit our community in a very unique way,” said Greg Ollis, Superintendent at Channelview ISD. “Mental health is not something that should be taken lightly, and we are now able to offer our staff, teachers, parents, and students an outlet for them to seek the help they need.”
Located in an unincorporated area outside of Houston, Texas, 80 percent of Channelview ISD students are economically disadvantaged (TAPR, 2019). Limited community-based care resources and an increased demand for student and staff mental health care led the school district to seek additional support through Care Solace.
With Care Solace, families and staff gain access to a dedicated Care Concierge team, with experts available around-the-clock to guide users through processes related to insurance, provider availability, wait times and scheduling. Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and a vast database of behavioral and mental health care resources to find carefully vetted therapists and programs in minutes.
“Students can’t learn if they aren’t supported mentally, physically and academically, and staff can’t help if they don’t have access to the right resources,” said Karen Bryant, Ed.D, Director of Testing, Counseling, 504, RTI, and Dyslexia at Channelview ISD. “Partnering with Care Solace will help us bridge this gap and offer quality, trusted mental health care resources to our community.”
More than 90,000 school staff and parents at partnering school communities of Care Solace used the pre-screening tool, with at least 40,000 students receiving mental health care support as a result. Care Solace has facilitated an estimated 4,500 crisis interventions.
“Creating a healthy environment for learning in the 2020-21 school year has arguably never been more challenging for staff and families,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We are proud to support Channelview ISD in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care services.”
Care Solace is now available to Channelview ISD families and staff. For more information about Care Solace, please visit https://home.caresolace.com/.
About Channelview ISD The Channelview Independent School District is a rapidly growing school district with 9,500 students. The mission of CISD is to provide an educational program which will develop and enhance our students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth in order to encourage them to become creative, responsible, patriotic contributing members of society. Inherent within this mission is the belief that all students can learn, and that school can make a difference in the lives of its students. Channelview ISD is a 6A school district located in an unincorporated area situated on the Houston Ship Channel approximately 15 miles east of downtown Houston. The district has twelve campuses, an administration building, fairgrounds, maintenance headquarters and a transportation facility. There is a Pre-K center, seven elementary schools, two junior high schools, one ninth grade center, one high school, an alternative high school.
About Care Solace
Care Solace is on a mission to calm the chaos associated with mental health care coordination for high school and college students. The organization’s web-based system works alongside multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) as a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental health care resources and providers. The proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental health care resources to find carefully verified local therapists and programs in minutes. In 2019, more than 80,000 school staff and parents used the Care Solace pre-screening tool. At least 30,000 students received mental health care support as a result. To learn more, visit http://www.caresolace.com.
SAN DIEGO AND IRVINE, CALIF. (PRWEB) DECEMBER 10, 2020
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has selected Care Solace to expand access to community mental health care providers and substance use treatment for students, staff, and their families. Care Solace provides a Care Concierge team: experts in navigating the mental health care system to quickly and confidentially find appropriate providers in the community. Care Solace also equips school districts with a customized online tool that makes it easier to find community-based mental health care providers and programs, both in person and remote.
“The Irvine Unified School District’s priority is the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and families,” said Arthur Cummins, IUSD Coordinator, Prevention and Intervention. “In the last five years, IUSD has invested more than $15 million in mental health and wellness initiatives. Partnering with Care Solace is an extension of this commitment that will enable our district to better serve students, families and staff by assisting them in navigating mental health services in the community.”
IUSD is partnering with Care Solace to support its mission of providing school-based mental health and wellness services and resources to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. IUSD mental health services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.
With Care Solace, students, staff, and their families gain access to a dedicated Care Concierge to navigate the mental health care system on their behalf, calling providers to find the right fit and availability. They help with private insurance, Medi-Cal, and no insurance, and are available 24/7 in any language.
“Creating a healthy environment for learning in the 2020-21 school year has arguably never been more challenging for staff and families,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We are proud to support IUSD in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care services.”
Irvine Unified School District’s partnership with Care Solace allows IUSD students, staff, and their families to access Care Solace at no cost.
For more information about Care Solace, please visit https://home.caresolace.com/.
About the Irvine Unified School District
Located in Orange County, California, the Irvine Unified School District comprises a diverse population of more than 35,000 K-12 students in 24 elementary schools, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, five high schools and one continuation high school. Since becoming a school district in 1972, IUSD schools have been nationally recognized for comprehensive programs in academics, the arts and athletics. Through a partnership with talented and caring teachers, engaged students, involved parents, and supportive business and community leaders, student and District performance continually exceeds state and national standards. For more information, visit iusd.org.
About Care Solace
Care Solace is on a mission to calm the chaos of mental health care. The organization provides mental health care coordination services for school systems, existing to ensure that students, staff and their families are not alone through the laborious process of accessing needed services. Care Solace offers proprietary software to aggregate mental health care providers and substance use treatment options. As of November 2020, Care Solace proudly serves two million students, over six million family members, and 150,000 staff members in over 200 school systems. The Care Concierge team has responded to 250,000 inquiries for support, connected over 100,000 students, and families to care and over 12,000 staff members to services.
To learn more, visit http://www.caresolace.com.