Healthy Minds Partnership
Technical Assistance Award
Improve Behavioral Health in Your School or District
Looking to expand your students’ access to behavioral health services? The Healthy Minds Partnership — and the Healthy Minds Technical Assistance Award — can help.
What is the Healthy Minds Partnership?
The Healthy Minds Partnership is a collaborative effort between schools, behavioral health providers and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health designed to help youth receive the behavioral health services they need at school.
The premise of the partnership is simple — clinical behavioral healthcare providers are located within schools so students can conveniently access necessary care, thus limiting school absences, making things easier on parents who don’t have to scramble to get kids to appointments, and reducing transportation barriers.
The Foundation provides Technical Assistance Awards to schools around Idaho to expand the Healthy Minds Partnership and provide more students access to the care they need.
What is a technical assistance award?
Our technical assistance award provides support to schools and districts in the form of consulting services, facilitation, project management and sharing information. This is a non-financial award that offers valuable subject matter expertise for schools and districts to build and implement the Healthy Minds Partnership.
Technical assistance includes:
- – Up to 8 hours per month of subject matter expertise (consulting services, facilitation, project management, sharing information) to implement the Healthy Minds Partnership
- – Access to peer experts in school and behavioral health settings
- – Participation in a peer learning collaborative, during which attendees connect with peers throughout the state who can share insights from their own Healthy Minds Partnership experience
What are the benefits of the Healthy Minds Partnership?
By bringing clinical behavioral health services onsite in schools, some of the barriers that youth and families encounter in accessing services are removed, including transportation, student time away from school and time off work for parents.
Initial data from Nampa School District and Caldwell School District — two districts that have implemented the Healthy Minds Partnership — demonstrates a significant improvement in behavioral health clinical scores and a reduction in absences for participating students.
School administrators, faculty, school counselors, and district administration have reported satisfaction with onsite services, which improve the school’s ability to focus on other student needs in the classroom.
Who should apply?
School counselors and principals committed to supporting youth behavioral health in Idaho elementary schools, middle and junior high schools, and high schools.
Previous awardees include:
- Blackfoot High School (Blackfoot School District)
- Cassia Alternative High School (Cassia School District)
- Declo Junior High School (Cassia School District)
- Irving Middle School (Pocatello School District)
- Nampa High School (Nampa School District)
- West Middle School (Nampa School District)
Interested in a Healthy Minds Technical Assistance Award?
Would you like to learn more before applying?
Attend a 30-minute informational webinar:
September 9, 3:00-3:30 PM
September 12, 8:30-9 AM
September 13, 12:30-1:00 PM
To register for a webinar, email email@example.com.
Additional questions, please contact Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Program Officer Connor Sheldon at 986-224-5077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14, 2019, Noon MST
October 24, 2019
Finalists selected and notified
November 4-15, 2019
Finalist site visits and interviews
No Later Than November 23, 2019
Healthy Minds Partnership Technical Assistance Award winners notified
December 2019 – June 2020
Technical assistance phase
Schools selected for the Healthy Minds Partnership Technical Assistance Award and partner behavioral health agencies will be asked to participate in a peer learning collaborative (Location TBA)
Provide preliminary evaluation data pertaining to the Healthy Minds Partnership to Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health for a white paper publication