Statistics have shown that 20-25% of adolescents will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder, including substance abuse, before age 18. However, with appropriate identification and intervention, students with behavioral health challenges can continue toward a successful future that includes becoming prepared for college and career. Logan County Schools strives to enhance the health and well-being of every student and to help them be successful in school. It is for this reason that Logan County Schools has elected to participate in the School-Based Behavioral Health Screening Initiative. This screening process will help Logan County High School identify risk factors and barriers to learning associated with behavioral health challenges which are known to reduce the likelihood of student success in school. Championed by First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, this program will not only help the high school identify at-risk behavioral health problems, but will allow the school to intervene early and help families find appropriate services.
The district will be using the GAIN-SS which is a brief behavioral health screening instrument. Parents and guardians will receive a notice requesting their consent or allow parents to opt their student out of participating in this initiative. Once the student has participated in the screening process, Logan County staff will share the student’s results with the parent or guardian and provide guidance on any recommended follow-up evaluation or other steps deemed appropriate.
This screening will help schools identify risk factors and barriers to learning associated with behavioral health challenges, which are known to reduce the likelihood of student success in school.
The objectives of the initiative are:
To assist school-based staff in identifying students who may be dealing with behavioral health challenges;
To provide access to a low-cost/easy-to-administer screening tool and associated training; and ultimately,
To screen students for behavioral health challenges and refer them for additional assessment and services, if needed.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Barry W. Goley at 270-726-2436 or via email.