January 13, 2015
To: Parents/Guardians of Southwestern High School and Middle
The Southwestern Unit School District #9 is working with the Macoupin County Public Health Department to help students and their families stay healthy and be ready to learn to their greatest potential at school. This has been accomplished through an agreement between the Southwestern Unit School District #9 and the Maple Street Clinic “School-Linked Health Center”.
We have worked together to make sure that all of the districts families know about the availability of the health care services available at the Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie. Located right behind Casey’s in Gillespie anyone can make an appointment at the medical clinic by calling 217-839-1526, and you can make an appointment at the dental clinic by calling 217-839-4110.
A new service has now been developed that will be provided through the cooperation of the School District and the School-Linked Health Center. The School-Linked Health Center has just begun to provide Psychiatric Care by Dr. Patrick O’Donnell and counselor Brian Stoops. Both providers have over 15 years experience working with children and their families.
Brian Stoops will be providing counseling services on Thursdays at the High School beginning January 22, 2015.
Brian will provide consultation to any student during his on-site day, but to begin formal counseling services you and your child will need to have an initial visit with Brian at the Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie. He will then be able to meet with your child at school after that visit. If a Psychiatric visit is needed we will help coordinate that for you and your child as well.
We believe that this service will be very valuable for children and their families and prove to be a great model for any school in the state and country.
We look forward to working together for the health of our children and families.
Mr. Mark Bearley, High School Principal Mr. Kent Tarro, Director
Macoupin County Public Health Dept.
Mr. Scott Hopkins, Middle School Principal
MACOUPIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. INFORMATION