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Beacon Light contract renewed

September 20, 2010
School district officials have renewed a contract with Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, allowing a student assistance program to continue for the 2010-2011 school year. During a recent meeting of the Warren County School District Board of Directors, members voted 8-0 to approve the measure. Board Member Donna Zariczny abstained from the vote. At a previous committee meeting, Director of Secondary Education Amanda Hetrick said the program provides services for those dealing with drug and alcohol issues. She said the district has offered the program since 1989. Law requires schools to offer the services to middle and high school students, Hetrick said. However, she said the district has expanded the opportunity to those at the elementary level. “It’s a valuable program,” Committee Member Paul Yourchisin said. The district’s website stated funding for the program would come from a PA-PACT Grant. The Pennsylvania Department of Education website explained the grant offers local districts the ability to address specific needs. A letter of agreement between Beacon Light and the district said Beacon Light would provide full-time staff acting as mental health and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs liasons to the district’s program. Beacon Light officials agreed to ensure staff receive necessary training. The agreement requires liasons to attend at least two program team meetings at each school every month. Liasons also assess students referred to the program. According to the agreement, parents must grant permission before liaisons conduct a screening.


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