Mental Health. In classrooms, on the playgrounds, and in the hallways we are seeing increasing mental health concerns among our students. More and more teachers and school administrators are seeking ways to address these challenges and connect students to the resources that they need.

One of the steps that we have taken as an agency is to hire a mental health coordinator who will will collaborate to develop and enhance evidence-based practices, resources, and data systems to address the mental health needs of students and children within Northwest AEA. We expect to have the successful candidate in place by November 1st to begin building capacity within the school communities that we serve and coordinating our agency’s work to support schools.

Additionally, there is an opportunity tomorrow, October 2, for all Iowans to attend the first in a series of listening posts across our state regarding children’s mental health needs. Input from these sessions will be gathered and included in a report that will be submitted to the Iowa Legislature no later than November 15, 2018. If you are unable to attend the in-person session in LeMars, there are two additional ways to provide input. Details can be found at the link above.

Our commitment is to provide visionary leadership and quality, student-centered services through relationships with families, schools, and communities. Let us know how we are doing and how we can continue to serve your school’s needs.

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Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Cox
Chief Administrator