Bay Village Schools Create New Position for Mental Health Services
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – During May, which is National Mental Health Month, the Bay Village school system expanded district mental health services with a new position: Care Coordinator. The position is funded by a federal grant.
“This is the perfect time to announce that Bay Village schools have expanded district mental health services with a newly created care coordinator position,” according to a district spokesperson. “This federal role, funded by a grant, will be filled by Megan Basel who is currently a counselor at Normandy (elementary school).”
Basel will be stepping down as a counselor this summer to coordinate and serve full-time staff and families for the district’s entire school mental health program.
“My role will be to help build a fully collaborative mental health service system,” Basel said. “A big part of it will be promoting a continuum of support services.”
Basel has indicated that it will be:
Collaboration with community mental health providers such as Dr Lisa Ramirez, child and adolescent psychologist and school district consultant through MetroHealth, Mary Wise, consultant to Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio and coordinator of the well-being of students and school psychologists Melissa Grimes and Richard Bogielski.
· Provide assistance to school counselors and other mental health providers such as MetroHealth and Bay Family Services for recovery resources and drug and alcohol prevention services.
· Work with school district staff, school resource officers and Bay Village police.
Basel said she believes it is time to tackle the increased mental challenge. “Over the past 10 years, I believe we have experienced an unprecedented increase in mental problems. Then the pandemic brought a lot of these elements to the fore. I am fortunate to work with a lot of people. We are not alone and it is exciting. My job is to bring them all to the table. The more people we involve in the journey, the stronger we will be. “
The newly created post will continue to provide care throughout the summer, according to Basel. “We’re going to connect with families – ask them what do you need?”
She added: “Until May we will be connecting with families we already know, but I am also working on a form for parents (so that we can) assess the needs and relate them to the family. ‘help.”
Hailing from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Basel education includes an undergraduate degree in Special Education and Early Childhood from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio as well as a Masters in School Guidance.
For more information, Basel can be reached for a confidential appointment at 440-617-7416.