Improving Health Services in Elma Schools

Improving Health Services in Elma Schools
Posted on 08/31/2022
Elma School District collaborates with Capital Region ESD 113 to improve health services in Elma schools

Capital Region ESD 113 has established a student support team of professionals to provide behavioral health support, substance use prevention, intervention, and treatment. Additionally, services are available through ESD 113 to help connect Elma students to local health providers in our community.

Health services like these are critical in our schools more now than ever. Research shows Grays Harbor students are experiencing significant physical and behavioral health issues and are not accessing essential services available in our community. Increasing the availability of health services improves academic and health outcomes for our students.

The Elma Elementary School-Based Health Center (SBHC) helps connects students to essential medical services. This year, the SBHC provided oral health screenings for 61 students on March 11. The SmileMobile visited Elma on April 26-28 and served 31 patients. SBHC currently offers telehealth services for medical care and plans to schedule in-person well-child check days in the future.

Elma Elementary School also has a Student Assistance Professional (SAP) to provide students with behavioral health support. This work is part of the statewide COVID Response Project through the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) network. The SAP provides universal school-wide mental health and substance-use prevention services and conducts screenings and early intervention for mental health conditions.  The SAP also provides support to connect students and families with mental health treatment at school with BHR or with other providers in the community. 

As part of a community prevention and wellness initiative (CPWI), Elma Middle and High Schools have a student assistance professional (SAP) available to provide universal school-wide substance use prevention, intervention, and treatment services. This SAP provides screening and referrals for behavioral health conditions and offers early intervention and treatment for substance use concerns.

Also, through CPWI, a group of parents, providers, students, teachers, and community members has formed a coalition focused on increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors in Elma. Elevate East County is currently finalizing its strategic plan for the upcoming year and plans to include strategies that will target both the schools and the community. Elevate East County is actively looking for additional community members to join the coalition. If interested, please contact [email protected]
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