YES Prep has expanded its partnership with Legacy Community Health to provide behavioral and clinical health services to YES Prep students. Last year, YES Prep embarked on the Legacy partnership at two campuses, providing behavioral health services only. Now, seven campuses offer behavioral health services through Legacy and an additional two campuses offer clinical health services, from sports physicals to wellness exams. The clinical services are available for YES Prep students, their siblings, and teachers’ children, according to Nelly Martinez, YES Prep’s Manager of Health and Wellness.
To prepare for the expansion of behavioral health services to new campuses, YES Prep Student Support Counselors (SSCs) worked with campus administrators to provide referrals. “We were able to hit the ground running at the beginning of the year,” said Kawana Coulon, YES Prep’s Student Support Counseling Program Manager. “[Legacy practitioners] are actively seeing students at all participating campuses and reviewing additional referrals.”
In order to ensure that the program is effective, Legacy and YES Prep staff collaborate frequently. On campuses, the SSC meets weekly with the behavioral health practitioner, who is either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor. Together, they work to counsel the student and measure the student’s progress toward treatment goals. On the clinical side, the Legacy nurse practitioners develop individual student health plans and collaborate with YES Prep’s medical assistants to administer the plan. Additionally, Coulon, Martinez, and Luz Navarro, YES Prep’s Managing Director of Student Support, meet regularly with Legacy program directors to discuss the program’s status and results. “We’re intentional about these conversations with Legacy,” said Coulon. “We’re not simply expanding programs without ensuring the efficacy.”
“We’re intentional about these conversations with Legacy,” said Coulon. “We’re not simply expanding programs without ensuring the efficacy.”
While the partnership is still in its infancy at most sites, both Coulon and Martinez believe that the clinics have had a positive impact. For Martinez, the ease with which families– campus staff members’ families– can access low-cost medical services is remarkable. On the behavioral health side, Coulon believes that the program has increased communication between the teachers, SSCs, Legacy practitioners, and families and has led to a greater understanding of behavioral health.