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CCSD Partners with Local Treatment Center to Support Vulnerable Students

CCSD Staff 2 - 11/30/2020 9:49:00 AM

The district is pleased to announce its partnership with Another Chance Ministries (ACM), an intensive outpatient treatment center in Chillicothe that will provide support to students struggling with mental health disorders and/or addiction.

ACM approached the district earlier this year to see how they could better serve students. After several meetings, the decision was made to pursue a relationship that will provide several new benefits to students and their families.

This partnership will allow students struggling with addiction and/or mental health disorders to have access to treatments beyond what the district already offers, at no cost to the student or their family.

At first, ACM will initially focus on students in grades 7-12, with plans to extend services throughout all grade levels over time. Students eligible for support will be identified through the district’s Keys to Success (drug-free) program and potentially through staff recommendations.

“This is a valuable opportunity to reach struggling students who feel that they have nowhere to turn, or who believe no one can relate to their specific struggle,” said Greg Phillips, Keys to Success staff liaison. “Most of the counselors at ACM are individuals who have personally struggled with mental health disorders or the battle of addiction themselves.”

Because the counselors have gone through their own struggles, they are well-positioned to relate to this population of students and to be able to communicate with them effectively.

“We must focus as much on mental health as on physical health, especially during the pandemic,” said Phillips. “Our work with ACM will allow us to really focus on the well-being of vulnerable population of students.”

The partnership is slated to begin December 2020 or early 2021. If you have questions about the support ACM will offer, reach out to Greg Phillips at gregory.phillips@ccsd.us.