Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County
1605 CR 1095
Ashland, OH 44805
September 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CCRES releases evaluation of School-Community Liaison Program
Report points to a wide range of services provided and ongoing needs for funding and support.
Ashland, OH: Ashland University’s Center for Community Research and Evaluation Services (CCRES) has released key findings and recommendations from a 20-year retrospective evaluation of the School-Community Liaison Program (SCLP).
Last year, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County (AMHRB) contracted with CCRES to conduct an independent 20-year retrospective evaluation of SCLP. CCRES Directors Dr. Allyson Drinkard and Dr. Michael Vimont were the Principal Investigators for the program evaluation, with research assistance provided by two advanced AU undergraduates with research methods training. The evaluation was conducted over the period of February, 2019 to July, 2020. The Principal Investigators will be making a presentation on September 24 at 11 AM. Community members may attend the presentation via this Zoom link.
The Ashland County SCLP was established in 1999 to provide support to students facing challenges that interfere with their academic success. Since then, the partnership between Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County, and local school districts has served tens of thousands of students. The program is primarily funded by Ashland County citizens through the passage of the Mental Health and Recovery Board Levy, with additional funds dedicated by some individual school districts. The levy last passed in 2010 and is up for renewal in 2020.
The SCLP addresses concrete, therapeutic, and academic needs for students in grades pre-K through 12. The report includes some of the following key findings:
Recommendations for SCLP include improved documentation, data collection, and reporting; further standardized risk assessment, such as Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES); and expanded funding to support additional liaison time and positions to serve the needs of students and their families. The funding levy, which was last passed in 2010, will be up for renewal this November.
About AMHRB: The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County administers the public mental health and addictions service system in Ashland County. The board provides funding and conducts the planning and evaluation activities for services provided primarily by Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ACCADA) and Catholic Charities Services of Ashland. The board prioritizes services that 1) are trauma-informed, 2) promote resiliency and recovery and 3) promote a conservative approach to the use of medication using principles of Medication Optimization.