AVUSD Selects Care Solace for Mental Healthcare Services

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Apple Valley Unified School District has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental healthcare coordination, to extend access to mental health care and resources for families and staff. Care Solace equips school districts with a web-based tool that makes it easier to connect with both community-based and virtual mental healthcare providers and programs.

With an increased need for mental health care and the unique role of the school system in the referral process for our community, Care Solace helps provide a much-needed tool.

AVUSD will use Care Solace to support the Board Goal to provide a Safe and Nurturing Learning Environment for all students.  This includes access to necessary social emotional learning.

With Care Solace, families and staff gain access to a dedicated Care Concierge team, with experts available around-the-clock to guide users through processes related to insurance, provider availability, wait times and scheduling. Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and a vast database of behavioral and mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted therapists and programs in minutes.

More than 90,000 school staff and parents at partnering school communities of Care Solace used the pre-screening tool, with at least 40,000 students receiving mental healthcare support as a result. Care Solace has facilitated an estimated total of 4,500 crisis interventions.

“Creating a healthy environment for learning in the 2020-21 school year has arguably never been more challenging for staff and families,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We are proud to support Apple Valley Unified School District in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access into mental healthcare services.”

Care Solace is now available to AVUSD families and staff. For more information about Care Solace, please visithttps://home.caresolace.com/.

About Apple Valley Unified School District

Apple Valley Unified School District serves just under 13,000 students ranging from preschool through twelfth grade and offers and adult education program linked with Victor Valley College. We have 13 schools with over 600 teachers and a graduation rate of 92.5%, higher than the state and county averages. AVUSD provides a safe, encouraging, and challenging environment in which students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our students have access to current technology, up-to-date curriculum, highly qualified teachers, and a variety of extracurricular activities and sports. AVUSD was one of the first districts to adopt the San Bernardino Countywide Vision Cradle to Career Roadmap. Critical thinking, communication, collaborative skills, and creativity are supported throughout the district. Our key goals include high-quality instruction, an engaging classroom experience, safe and secure schools, and a multi-tiered system of academic, behavioral, and emotional support for all students, all of which help ensure that our students are ready for their career or post-secondary education. We are “Proudly Preparing our Students for Their Future.”

About Care Solace

Care Solace is on a mission to calm the chaos associated with mental healthcare coordination for high school and college students. The organization’s web-based system
works alongside multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) as a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. The proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes. In 2019, more than 80,000 school staff and parents used the Care Solace pre-screening tool. At least 30,000 students received mental healthcare support as a result. To learn more, visit www.caresolace.com.

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