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Boone County schools to get mental health support from MU agreement

Aaron Thompson, right, director of the MU School of Social Work, is the last person to sign a new memorandum of understanding between Boone County school leaders and MU research faculty who direct the Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County on Friday at the Boone Government Center. FACE provides services that enhance mental health support for about 24,000 Boone County school-aged children and their families.

A new agreement among Boone County school leaders and University of Missouri faculty who direct the Family Access Center of Excellence is designed to better coordinate school-based and community-based mental health services for children.

The agreement was signed Friday by officials at the Boone County Government Center.

“We’re hiring 10 family intervention specialists who will be embedded in the schools,” said Aaron Thompson, director of the MU School of Social Work and associate director of the Missouri Prevention Sciences Institute.

That is the tangible aspect of the new agreement, he said after the event. The family intervention specialists will be in place for the next school year, with one each in the Hallsville, Harrisburg, Southern Boone and Sturgeon school districts and the remaining six in Columbia schools.


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