The district will give all students access to five free counseling sessions, in a program similar to one operating in nearby Cassia County.
The district’s approach to behavioral health includes focusing on teaching positive behavior expectations, partnering with agencies for on-site therapy, training staff on trauma and incorporating Nez Perce culture at every turn.
A student just has to call a phone number where they can receive immediate crisis counseling, and set up an appointment with a local mental health professional.
In-school therapy is an increasingly popular mental health support in Idaho schools. Nampa’s partnerships offer a glimpse into the strengths and challenges of that model.