PERRYOPOLIS – Frazier School District is signing a memorandum of understanding with Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services, bringing school-based outpatient treatment services directly to its elementary, middle and high school students.

Superintendent Dr. William R. Henderson said this agreement gives the district a cost-effective alternative to traditional outpatient therapy services.

“Chestnut Ridge will provide these services at no cost to our district,” said Dr. Henderson, during the regular monthly board meeting on Monday. “Services will be billed directly to medical assistance and other behavioral healthcare insurance plans. Furthermore, students will be able to avoid missing classes because these mental health services will be offered onsite.”

Bethany Connors, a clinical social worker specialist from Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services, told the board that CRCSI places a therapist at a school to meet the mental health treatment needs of students. Individual, family and group therapy are provided while school-based therapists maintain the same confidentiality standards of traditional outpatient therapists.

“We have estimated that about 20 percent of students could use our help,” she said. “We assist and support students with classroom behaviors, promote positive peer and family interactions and help to improve positive coping skills and positive goal setting. Frequency of therapy depends on the needs of each student. As time goes on, many students progress so well that they will require less therapy.”

In other business, the board:

n Accepted a letter of resignation from Lisa Strickler, board member, effective immediately.

n Renewed a one-year contract with Athletic Director Zach Keefer, who will receive a stipend of $6,039.

n Approved breakfast and lunch prices for the 2019-2020 school year, with no increase from last year, and approved Reinhart Food Service as the food supplier.

n Approved a contract with Fayette EMS, Inc. to provide ambulance coverage during the 2019 football season at a cost of $3,500.

n Approved an agreement between Frazier School District and the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission to provide services to students at no cost to the district.

n Renewed a three-year school resource officer agreement between the Borough of Perryopolis and Frazier School District.

n Approved the purchase of a 10-passenger van from C. Harper for a price of $31,956.

n Approved ticket prices for home sporting events. Price will be $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and opposing team students. There will be no charge for Frazier students.

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