Kyrene School District is dedicated to developing and providing support to students, so all students are included and able to reach their maximum potential. Under a new policy passed by the Arizona legislature in 2020, a fund was created to provide uninsured and underinsured children with access to behavioral health services when they are referred through an educational institution. These are referred to as “school-based referrals.” Under the new policy, known as "Jake's Law," school districts and charter schools are required to pass their own policies that outline the law as it relates to school-based referrals. These policies must include:
- An opt-in process for parents
- A survey of parents whose children utilize school-based referrals
- A list of service providers published on the district website
- An annual report to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Southwest Behavioral Health provides comprehensive behavioral health services to youth and their families in school and community settings.
School and Community-based Counseling Services East
Rebecca Grudowski, Program Director
777 E. Galveston Street
Chandler, Arizona 85225
Parents can visit the Kyrene School Mental Health Resource Directory for a list of additional resources that are available in the Phoenix/Tempe/Chandler community, and have been helpful in helping meet a variety of needs of valley residents.
The purpose of this directory is to help provide access to these resources. Kyrene does not endorse these organizations, please contact them directly for information.
About Jake's Law
Jake's Law, officially named S.B. 1523, is named to honor Jake Machovsky, an Arizona teen who died by suicide in 2016 after battling mental health issues. Jake’s parents, created a foundation to end youth suicide and expand behavioral health services.