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Community Partnership

The purpose of the program is to address gaps in opportunity and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on interrupted learning by developing or expanding relationships between schools, community-based organizations, and mental health providers to benefit the well-being of children, parents, and school staff.

The program will support local efforts to develop comprehensive school systems grounded in mental health and trauma-informed practices by achieving the following goals:

  • Provide communities the flexibility to determine the best approach to respond to the local mental health needs. 

  • Allow funds to be used for a range of responses, from prevention to early intervention to treatment

  • Support local efforts to integrate programs focused on non-cognitive development (social, emotional, and behavioral) and mental wellness for children. 

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Anji Garza

Director of Professional Learning & Educational Services

Krista Peterson

Assistant Director of PL

Diana Merdian

Family Education and Suort Services Coordinator (Nexus)

Michelle Elmendorf

SEL & Student Support

Aimee Howard

Coordinated Intake Specialist

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Michelle Potthoff

Regional Family Education & Engagement Specialist

Grace Heimerdinger-Baake

Family Education & Engagement Specialist 

Katie Goden

Katie Goden

Social and Emotional Learning Coach