Insurance Provider United Educators Offers Affordable Loan to Schools Completing JED Mental Health Program — THE Journal

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Insurance Grants United Educators Offers Priority Loan to Graduates of JED Health Care Program

United Educatorswho is a member of the insurance and risk management team for K-12 schools and higher ed institutions, has partnered with a suicide prevention nonprofit Jed Foundation to provide valuable credit to schools that successfully complete the JED program that helps schools support students’ health and well-being, according to a news release.

Eligible UE members can receive a 4% to 6% credit on their insurance after passing one of JED’s three risk management programs, which last 18 to 24 months and review school policies, procedures, programs, and practices. supporting students’ mental health and reducing drug use and suicide.

This is the first time that the UE has awarded a substantial bonus to policy holders who implement a comprehensive approach to dealing with student mental health issues on their campuses, the EU said.

JED programs offered through the new partnership include two high school partnerships and a JED High School program for schools serving grades 9-12. It is a 24-month agreement starting with “a thorough evaluation of the school or district’s current policies, programs, and practices to support the well-being of students and the psychological needs of students,” said the foundation’s President and CEO Rebecca Benghiat. “With this information and with the help of a dedicated JED counselor, schools develop and implement a strategy to improve mental health and prevent drug use and suicide.”

The strategic plan that JED recommended focuses on the following seven factors that are considered the foundation of student health as described in “A Comprehensive Approach to Promoting Health and Preventing Suicide in Colleges” by Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program, and JED advisors, Benghiat told The Journal:

  • Developing life skills
  • Promote social interaction and a positive school climate
  • Increase in help-seeking behavior
  • Identifying and responding to at-risk students
  • Promoting good health and access to mental health services
  • Establish and follow problem management procedures
  • Creating a safe school environment

“To effectively and efficiently promote the mental health of students and reduce the risk of suicide, JED emphasizes policies and practices that work for students with diverse identities in the school community,” said Benghiat. “At the end of the program, JED also conducts a survey to document progress and outline strategies for implementing and building on it.”

The cost of participating in the JED High School program is $25,000 for public and private, non-residential high schools. The funding includes all costs related to the partnership, and scholarship funding is available, as well as a grant from JED to fund the funding, Benghiat told The Journal. He added that the value of the credit awarded upon successful completion of the program may be equal to the cost of participation, depending on school or district regulations.

Benghiat described a recent JED High School student who is seeing “tremendous progress” after starting the program in the 2021-22 school year. Tonasket High School, a high school in rural Washington, completed a pre-existing assessment and, based on input from all school stakeholders, developed a plan to “protect mental health and reduce the risk of suicide and substance abuse,” he said. . Implementation of the school’s management plan has begun and will continue into the coming year.

“They will focus on the day-to-day counseling of students in supporting the health of students and staff, combating staff burnout by renovating the staff room for a healthy environment and starting a passion program where staff share their passions with other students and staff fortunately. lessons, including cooking, fly fishing, and yoga,” Benghiat told THE Journal. “Employees have been very excited about the opportunity to share their different parts and build community and connect in this new way. Future goals include teachers attending a trauma awareness workshop to better support students and others who have experienced trauma, as well as Mental Health First Aid training to learn how to recognize and help anyone in crisis. “

School leaders can learn more about JED programs at JedFoundation.orgor learn more about UE’s loan options at UE.org website.

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