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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Tampa Bay Art Therapy (Student Services Division)
Upon approval, this Agreement for Technical Services will continue to enhance the provision of mental health services provided to students at participating Project Prevent schools (Folsom, Ippolito, Robles, and Sulphur Springs elementary schools; Adams, Greco, Madison, and Van Buren middle Schools; and Chamberlain and Hillsborough high schools).  As a result of this partnership traditional and digital art therapy curricula will be created by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. Lessons will be created for use by student services personnel and will incorporate the use of various art mediums as well as digital art therapy.  Training modules (pre- and posttests, training packets, and resources for facilitators) will also be created.  According to the American Art Therapy Association research supports the use of art therapy for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience trauma, illness, mental illness, or other developmental, educational, social or psychological impairment.  Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, increase self-esteem, and achieve personal insight.

Alison Myers, owner of Tampa Bay Art Therapy, is a certified Art Therapist whose work and license is regulated by the American Art Therapy Association.

All Strategic Objectives
Funds in the amount of $24,558.00 will be available in the Project Prevent Grant. For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 3110 Special Revenue Fund. As of Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the remaining balance less encumbrances for this line item equaled $24,558.00. This one-time expense is approved in the Project Prevent Arts Supplement budget.
Under the terms of the grant, an external evaluator contracted by Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) will evaluate the project and provide annual reports to the project directors, the Office of Assessment and Accountability, and the United States Department of Education.  Copies of the report and final evaluation report will be provided to HCPS and Office of Assessment and Accountability annually.
SUBMITTED BY:  Kristine Hensley, Supervisor, Student Services
Holly Saia, Director, Student Services (813) 273-7136
Wynne A. Tye, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services Division (813) 273-7033
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Financial Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.02
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170117_805 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.02