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Health & Wellness Teams (HAWT)

Health and Wellness Team Model

APS has created the Health and Wellness Team (HAWT) model, an internal “System of Care Model” which is implemented throughout the APS district.

What is the Health and Wellness System of Care model?
The HAWT "System of Care" model is a strengths-based, individualized process aimed at helping students (both Regular and Special Ed.) with their unmet needs, both within and outside of the formal human services systems, while the students remain in their schools.

How do students receive services?
Through the HAWT referral staffing process, students receive individualized services which are sensitive and responsive to their cultural differences and special or unique needs that are guided by an individualized service plan. Their families or surrogate families are full participants in all aspects of the planning and delivery of services, which are integrated with linkages between APS mental health provided services and community child-serving agencies and programs.

Who provides the services?
The core members of the APS HAWTs are school counselors, and school nurses, with other appropriate APS staff when needed. Administrators participate as they are able. These individuals work in a collaborative manner to provide consultation and resources to one another, identify and assess student referrals, determine intervention plans, and monitor student progress and program outcomes. All HAWT professionals conduct themselves according to the ethical standards and codes of conduct for their profession.

How will students benefit from these services?
Services received through the HAWT target specific student health, mental health, and social/environmental classroom issues. 

The goal of this model of service is to:
  • Improve classroom behavior, performance and attendance
  • Reduce the dropout rate
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