The loss of the DeWitt County Human Resource Center last year has really put a hardship on several entities across DeWitt County, and even surrounding areas.
In an effort find what is available, a group of local entities is being assisted by Illinois State University to find out what is available to supplement the loss of HRC's services. According to Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent, Susan Wilson, the group has been meeting monthly for about a year calling themselves the DeWitt County Mental Health Forum.
According to Wilson, the group has created a 'universal consent form'. She explains this streamlines the information from agency to agency.
Wilson adds, the group is working on a coordinated curriculum for social and emotional learning for K-8 students. She explains they are using research based practices for students.
Wilson indicates Tri-County Special Education Cooperative has been a big facilitator along with Warner Hospital and Health Services and the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department have been great facilitators in the cooperative.
She adds, Blue Ridge schools plan to survey students about their relationships with district staff to make sure students have someone to go to in times of need.