Family & Children’s Services will serve as one of two mental health providers for Tulsa Public Schools District employees thanks to a $50,000 grant from Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation to the Foundation for Tulsa Schools.
According to local news reports, the program will help about 100 TPS teachers by covering the $750 deductible required when they seek mental health services. Faith Crittenden, F&CS senior program director, School-Based & Systems of Care/Health Home, said teachers are provided with a concierge number which they can call directly to be connected to adult services at the Child and Family Strengthening Center.
“These services will give teachers an outlet to get ahead of mental health issues they may face and to keep them effective in the classroom,” she said. “We hope that the outcome is that they can manage what is going on, not only in their school life but their personal life, as well as help with retention.”
Crittenden said the program offers one point of contact for employees.
In addition to teachers, F&CS Counseling & Mental Health teams continue to work on-site at schools providing individually tailored services designed to overcome a wide range of emotional, behavioral or relationship problems — from mild to severe.