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MPPS connects students, staff with mental health professionals

Rick Brewer

Mount Pleasant Public Schools are partnering with Care Solace, a mental health coordination service for K-12 school districts to expand care for its community.

The service identifies mental health providers in the area based on personal preferences.

"We know that our students need to have all the support that they need to be able to be successful in an academic setting," said Jennifer Verleger, superintendent of Mount Pleasant Public Schools. "We also know that our teachers need to have the support that they need in order to provide the world class education that our district is known for."

According to Verleger, the district started its partnership with Care Solace this January and multiple students and teachers have already used the service.

Verleger said one of the benefits of the program is its confidentiality.

"I will eventually know how many people have used the program, but I won't be able to access any specific details that could identify anyone using the program," Verleger said.

Chad Castrutia, founder of Care Solace, said in a written statement that the company is proud to support the district in prioritizing the well-being of its community.

Verleger said the district offers a variety of different support programs for its school community and this latest partnership is an additional step to addressing mental health needs.

Jazmin Anderson is a newsroom intern covering central Michigan for WCMU.