Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD – www.dsisd.net) is a service agency providing General Education, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education support to eleven public and private school districts in Delta and Schoolcraft counties. Over the past three years, our local districts have asked DSISD to focus additional resources on student emotional, behavioral, and mental health. As a result of that request, DSISD created a Mental Health Task Force that started meeting in October 2018. Under the guidance of a facilitator, Jodi Pfarr (www.jpfarr.com), our task force meets every 90-days to create action plans to address issues in our community. Over the past two years, some of our successes include implementing the SaintA’s trauma-informed school training at five of our school districts, collaborating with a school psychiatrist from MSU to address student needs, the development of a student wellness team at Bay College, successfully accessing Section 31(n) and Michigan Health Endowment grant funds for our community and increased collaboration among several agencies in Delta and Schoolcraft counties. In addition to those successes, we also have teams currently working on the creation of a Families Against Narcotics (FAN) support group in Delta County, improving public transportation across both counties, engaging teens in our communities, and alignment of our task force initiatives with the work being done by Communities That Care and the strategic planning team at OSF St. Francis Hospital.
We typically have 65 to 100 local community members attend our task force meetings. Previous meeting attendees represented K-12 and Bay College educators, law enforcement, the medical community, local government, state legislators, clergy, a variety of service agencies, and community members at large. Our task force has an open door for anyone willing to work to improve services and programs in Delta and Schoolcraft counties. If interested in joining our task force, and attending our next meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 3, please contact Doug Leisenring, superintendent of DSISD. You can email Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 906-786-9300 ext. 102.
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