Providence to fund mental health services for school system

January 2024

Providence St. Joseph Health plans to fund mental health services for students of the Renton, Washington, School District over the next three years. Providence’s headquarters are in Renton. 


The funds, which come from Providence's Well Being Trust, will enable the district to strengthen its mental health support efforts by offering every child in all 27 Renton Public Schools access to virtual therapy either at their school or at their home.

Dr. Arpan Waghray, CEO of Well Being Trust, said in a release that "our youth's future success is partly driven by the quality of their health and wellness today.

"Providence and the district are focused on establishing short- and long-term mental wellness practices by creating an academic environment where students can prioritize their health and develop lifelong coping and well-being practices to support them for years to come."

Given the diversity of students in Renton Public Schools, the district is committed to ensuring that students are paired with diverse, bilingual mental health professionals who can provide high-quality care that meets each child's specific needs, Providence said in the release.


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