The Meramec Valley School District has renewed its agreement with Crider Health Center, Washington, to provide mental health services to students and their families.

The agreement, approved at the July 17 school board meeting, calls for Crider to supply one full-time mental health specialist who will work at the district and whose primary role will be to coordinate needed services to any child and family eligible for the service.

The mental health specialist will assess children to determine eligibility, explore family values and link families to appropriate mental health services within the community.

The specialist also will monitor progress and appropriateness for services delivered, provide mental health education material, provide onsite mental health consultation to school staff and assist school personnel with students/staff experiencing a mental health crisis.

Individuals receiving services will be children with a serious emotional disorder as defined by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and their families.

The specialist will work at the district, both on campus and off campus, for 40 hours per week during the contract period.

Cost to the district will be a one-time fee of $5,200 to be billed in September and $52 an hour.

“This is a valuable service and something we want to have available to kids and families who have a need,” said Superintendent Randy George.