On March 9, 2020, the state announced the launch of a telehealth pilot project to connect students with behavioral health providers in the Switzerland of Ohio School District in Monroe County. The objective is to connect the school district with behavioral health services while also providing high-speed internet connections to Ohioans who have been left behind.
Switzerland of Ohio was chosen for the pilot project because of the difficulty of their case. We believed that if we could improve the situation in Switzerland, we could provide a strong blueprint for expansion in other districts. As promised, this project has yielded lessons learned and we are providing that as a blueprint to help other districts provide telehealth services. As the pilot project moves forward, the blueprint will continue to be updated.