What is the ESA Behavioral Health Coalition?
At the close of the legislative session last spring, our board members made meaningful contacts with representatives of the school psychologists, school counselors and school nurses association and together we created the first ESA Behavioral Health Coalition of Washington. As we know, there are distinctive and overlapping roles within our professions and as a result we created a document that illustrates our work at the tier 1, 2 and 3 level. As a group, we’ve come together for four meetings to work on a model where all of our roles play a critical role in addressing student health and wellness.
What have we done?
Our ESA coalition met with members at OSPI including deputy superintendant Gil Mendoza to begin the conversation about this important work. Each group was tasked with surveying our membership to discover how we are being utilized across the state. We intend to share this data that fully integrates all roles. We are searching for a multi-disciplinary model at districts across the US that have effectively integrated all of these roles to show improved student outcomes. If you know of any examples, please contact Carrie Syvertsen.
School Social Worker Survey Results
We also conducted a survey to get a better picture of our school social workers. 73 people responded and participated. Here is some preliminary data: