Shenandoah Community Health launches school-based behavioral health services at Widmyer Elementary | Journal-news

BERKELEY SPRINGS – Shenandoah Community Health (SCH) recently began offering on-site behavioral health services at Widmyer Elementary School in Berkeley Springs as part of its School Health Program. Once a week, SCH Kerry Tucker, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, provides treatment assessments, monthly visits, medication management, and intake assessments by appointment to staff and students .

“The connection between healthy students and successful students in the classroom is particularly important when it comes to mental health. Because mental health is health, we hope to remove some of the barriers to accessing behavioral health services by offering in-school visits. Shenandoah Community Health is grateful to Morgan County Schools and Widmyer Elementary for the value they place on mental health and their commitment to integrating health care with education,” said the Chief Health Officer. Behavioral Physician from SCH, Dr. Laurie Diehl.

The partnership with Morgan County Schools at Widmyer Elementary marks the first school-based health program for SCH in Morgan County and supports the community by eliminating some of the need for transportation to behavioral health appointments and helps streamline the referral process, thereby reducing wait times. for a patient to be seen. SCH also has a physical location in Berkeley Springs at 106 Sand Mine Road where they provide additional behavioral health services to the community.

For more information about our behavioral health services, visit https://www.shencommhealth.com/behavioral-health or call 304.263.7023.

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