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Student Services

District Keeps Student Health A Top Priority

Board of Education Honors Mental Health Providers & School Nurses

 

The Board of Education this month honored the District’s partners who are providing vital health care services that maximize the mental and physical well-being of students so that they can reach their potential in the classroom, and in life. 
 

Board members presented certificates of recognition to Montebello Unified’s 10 mental health providers: ALMA Family Services, The Almansor Center, Bienvenidos Childrens Center, ENKI Mental Health Services, Pacific Clinics, Maryvale, Penny Lane, Roybal Family Mental Health Clinic, SPIRITT Family Services and The Whole Child.
 

Nine school nurses were also recognized for their dedication and care for MUSD students. They are:  Andrea Juarez, Rita Onwenna, Olga Paez, Susan Walker, May Carrillo, Ozo Nwabuzor, Aurora Nwaezeapu, Mary Wong and the District’s Lead Nurse Annette Ruvalcaba.

 

Mental Health Services

In 2009, Montebello Unified began expanding its mental health services through its Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant Initiative in order to increase access for students in need of treatment and to eliminate barriers to student success.
 

Through their work and through the implementation of the Montebello Unified School District’s initiative, more than 2,000 students who were referred for services have been served since 2010-11.
 

“It’s clear that students who live with various mental health issues need compassion coupled with effective programs that bring them into a state of well-being,” said George Muriel, Assistant Director of Pupil & Community Services and Mental Health Coordinator. “There is no doubt that our District’s commitment and our partners’ hard work to fulfill that commitment continues to greatly benefit our children and their ability to succeed.”
 

All of MUSD’s Mental Health Providers have developed relationships with school site principals, psychologists and other support staff. In the last four years, the District has effectively used its grant resources to implement innovative counseling services, hire social workers for each of the high schools and alternative high school programs and open a school-based health center at Bell Gardens High School that provides free health and mental healthcare services for students and the entire community.
 

In addition, Montebello Unified has been at the forefront of establishing anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs and has extended training on these issues to key District groups including assistant principals, counselors, school psychologists and school police officials.
 

On-campus Healthcare

Montebello Unified’s nursing staff cares for between 3,500 and 4,500 students so that they are safe, healthy and ready to learn.
 

“Our nurses exemplify what’s best about those who provide school health services,” said Montebello Unified Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith. “Our healthcare providers are critical members of our education team because they support our District in its commitment to helping our students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their education and in life. We all know that children can reach new heights when they’re healthy.”
 

The District’s nurses perform health assessments, vision, hearing, dental and scoliosis screenings, create emergency care plans for students with health issues, treat diabetic students and those children with severe allergies. They also monitor more than 2,000 students with health issues such as asthma, heart problems and seizures and provide daily care for those who have had recent medical procedures for various conditions.
 

In addition, MUSD’s school nurses promote prevention and wellness and provide a bridge that connects families and students to important health services.