The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors recently approved the countywide Prevention and Early Intervention Plans (PEI), which includes funding for three initiatives to be administered by the El Dorado County Office of Education.
The current year funding is up to $292,000 to support these EDCOE initiatives for school-age children.
The intent of PEI programs is to emphasize strategies to reduce negative outcomes that may result from untreated mental illness, including suicide, incarcerations, school failure, and/or dropout.
The focus of EDCOE initiatives are to 1) provide training and support for Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS); 2) reduce stigmas associated with mental health illness; and 3) prevent suicides of school-aged children.
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools for Jeremy M. Meyers said, “We would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for supporting these important efforts. The students of El Dorado County continue to benefit from our safe and supportive school environments. This is yet another step in the right direction.”
The El Dorado County Office of Education will be working with school district superintendents in January to implement the plans.