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The Irvine USD Adds Care Solace to its Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Services

The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has selected Care Solace to expand access to community mental health care providers and substance use treatment for students, staff, and their families. Care Solace provides a Care Concierge team: experts in navigating the mental health care system to quickly and confidentially find appropriate providers in the community. Care Solace also equips school districts with a customized online tool that makes it easier to find community-based mental health care providers and programs, both in person and remote.

“The Irvine Unified School District’s priority is the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and families,” said Arthur Cummins, IUSD Coordinator, Prevention and Intervention. “In the last five years, IUSD has invested more than $15 million in mental health and wellness initiatives. Partnering with Care Solace is an extension of this commitment that will enable our district to better serve students, families and staff by assisting them in navigating mental health services in the community.”

IUSD is partnering with Care Solace to support its mission of providing school-based mental health and wellness services and resources to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. IUSD mental health services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.

With Care Solace, students, staff, and their families gain access to a dedicated Care Concierge to navigate the mental health care system on their behalf, calling providers to find the right fit and availability. They help with private insurance, Medi-Cal, and no insurance, and are available 24/7 in any language.

“Creating a healthy environment for learning in the 2020-21 school year has arguably never been more challenging for staff and families,” said Chad Castruita, founder of Care Solace. “We are proud to support IUSD in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care services.”

Irvine Unified School District’s partnership with Care Solace allows IUSD students, staff, and their families to access Care Solace at no cost.

For more information about Care Solace, please visit https://home.caresolace.com/.

About the Irvine Unified School District
Located in Orange County, California, the Irvine Unified School District comprises a diverse population of more than 35,000 K-12 students in 24 elementary schools, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, five high schools and one continuation high school. Since becoming a school district in 1972, IUSD schools have been nationally recognized for comprehensive programs in academics, the arts and athletics. Through a partnership with talented and caring teachers, engaged students, involved parents, and supportive business and community leaders, student and District performance continually exceeds state and national standards. For more information, visit iusd.org.

About Care Solace
Care Solace is on a mission to calm the chaos of mental health care. The organization provides mental health care coordination services for school systems, existing to ensure that students, staff and their families are not alone through the laborious process of accessing needed services. Care Solace offers proprietary software to aggregate mental health care providers and substance use treatment options. As of November 2020, Care Solace proudly serves two million students, over six million family members, and 150,000 staff members in over 200 school systems. The Care Concierge team has responded to 250,000 inquiries for support, connected over 100,000 students, and families to care and over 12,000 staff members to services.

To learn more, visit http://www.caresolace.com.

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