Thanks to a new partnership with Care Solace, Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is making it possible for its students, families, and staff to call or go online 24 hours a day to be connected with local mental health providers and/or substance abuse treatment centers.
The district is heeding the call of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, who recently issued a Surgeon General’s Advisory that calls on communities to prioritize mental health in light of widespread mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults – which Murthy characterized as “treatable, and often preventable.”
Through Care Solace, Ysleta ISD students, families, and staff can work with a Care Companion team – either online or over the telephone – to find a provider for therapy or treatment for issues involving depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, trauma and stress, marital counseling, and neurodevelopment disorders, among others.
“Our families have experienced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic that have significantly contributed to a rise in psychological distress among youth, including anxiety and depression,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre.
“Oftentimes, it can be confusing or intimidating for our families to navigate the system of accessing mental health care on their own,” Dr. De La Torre added. “So we are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer this mental health resource to students, families, and staff in their time of need.”
Care Solace will handle calling providers to find the right fit and availability, and are also available to help Ysleta ISD families with private insurance, Medicaid, and no insurance in both English and Spanish, among other languages.
“The return to in-person learning and the lasting effects of loss and grief pose new challenges for staff and families in the 2021-22 school year,” said Chad Castruita, founder and CEO of Care Solace. “We are proud to support Ysleta Independent School District in prioritizing the well-being of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care and substance use treatment services.”
The Care Solace service is available now at no cost to Ysleta ISD students, staff, and their families. For more information about Care Solace, Click Here
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