Aledo ISD Partners with Mind Above Matter for Behavioral Health Services for Students
July 21, 2020
As a part of a commitment to continuously support students and their social and emotional health, the Aledo ISD has entered into a partnership with Mind Above Matter for behavioral health services starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
Mind Above Matter’s iMatter programs will launch in the Aledo ISD on August 19, providing families an intake and assessment program as well as therapy and intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for students ages 11-18. This partnership will allow Aledo ISD to provide mental health services in an Aledo ISD facility.
“Every year we have many students who counselors will meet with who need some sort of service or support in this form,” Executive Director of Student Services Scott Kessel said. “When we make those referrals now, they typically go to Fort Worth or Weatherford or may not go at all. With the iMatter program, our families are able to get these services in our facilities. We really think this will be a win-win for our families and students.”
The iMatter Programs include:
- Therapy: Individual and family therapy to teach students how to change patterns of thoughts and behaviors in order to achieve maximum mental and emotional well being.
- Medication Management: Evaluation and treatment by a medical provider.
- iMatter Adolescent Programs: Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs partnered with Aledo ISD for on-site care and collaboration of needs. Students are able to remain in their school environment while the Mind Above Matter caring team brings support, structure and a full range of services.
Campus counselors and intervention counselors will refer students to iMatter programs for needs outside of what school counselors provide. The initial evaluation, which is free to Aledo ISD students, will occur with students and parents on the student’s campus. Together, iMatter and parents will determine which service is best for the student, and most services will be completed at a district facility.
“As you know, there is very little opportunity to receive mental health services nearby, especially for children,” Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said. “We’re happy to host and hopefully expand these services in the future to provide our community’s children the skills and support they need to be successful in school and in life.”