USD #498 Valley Heights and USD #380 Vermillion are working together to provide mental health services in their school districts. Along with their community partners, these districts applied for a Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant to ultimately improve mental health through education, prevention, early intervention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services. Schools That Care is using evidence-based Kansas Multi-Tiered Systems of Support model to provide activities that benefit partners and the communities served by the grant to increase access to mental health services while improving the health status of rural residents.
Nemaha and Marshall County schools show an increasing need for mental health services to address suicide/suicide ideation, depression, bullying/cyber bullying, and alcohol and substance abuse.
The U.S. Surgeon General "estimates that one in five children and adolescents will experience a signifigant mental health problem during their school years. Seventy percent of those will not receive appropriate mental health services."