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Tempe Union High School District Success Story  

Tempe, AZ




High graduation rates, low drop-out rates: Tempe Union High School District seemed to be firing on all cylinders. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, the district learned it had some blind spots around student mental health. With Care Solace’s partnership, they made mental health a district priority.

The pandemic served as a wake-up call for Tempe Union HSD. While students were making the difficult transition to virtual learning, they were also experiencing higher levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Mendivil says Tempe Union HSD was determined to be prepared for the return of in-person learning with the mental health care support the students needed. 

Tempe Union High School District’s governing board adopted a comprehensive mental health policy for the school district in 2021 – and student representatives helped write it. In order to turn the policy into real time action, Tempe needed more human capital. The social workers, counselors, and psychologists they had available simply couldn’t keep up with demand. Care Solace stepped in and offered the extra layer of support they needed. 



With Care Solace, Tempe Union HSD students, families, and staff experienced:

  • Less wait time to find a qualified and available mental health care provider. As Caroline Chambers, Tempe area child/youth specialist, notes, “Wait time is time to get worse.” 
  • An extension of their staff. Tempe school staff could trust Care Solace to help them meet student needs immediately.
  • Erosion of the mental health stigma. New resources helped students become more comfortable with conversations around mental health. 

Tempe Union HSD wants to be a district that truly cares for the whole child, and that includes mental health care support. Dr. Mendivil says, “Care Solace is an absolute gift . . . they help us achieve our social-emotional wellness goals for students and staff.”

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