States across the country have put increased focus on mental health in schools for several years. Momentum is building in Idaho, but the state lacks a cohesive plan to ensure services from district to district.
Calvin Loffer tried to take his own life. He’s grateful to be alive and be able to share his message: Mental health challenges can impact anyone.
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.
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.
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.