BEATRICE – A new program in Beatrice Public Schools that provides help for students with behavioral and mental health issues, has begun this year serving a handful of students.
The Level-Three program within District 15 is serving five students in its first year…four from within the district, and one contracted from an outside district.
Beatrice Public Schools Director of Special Education, Beth Cordry-Hookstra says the program serves the kindergarten through eighth grade population.
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The program is based in a wing at the Paddock Lane Elementary School building.
Cordry-Hookstra says the focus of the program is to help kids who have significant behavioral challenges.
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Outside agencies or entities assist in meeting with students, when needed. Cordry-Hookstra says the program is accepting more students, but there are assessment steps required before a student participates.
The initial cap for participation in the program, is eight students.
Last January, school officials discussed starting the in-district program, because of an increase in elementary students experiencing behavioral problems. The district had contracted with Nebraska Mental Health Centers to offer some services and with a behavioral specialist at Educational Service Unit Number Five.
The Level Three program is designed to have an on-site supervisor, a teacher, two para-professionals and a half-time mental health therapist.