2018-09-06 / Community

Report: Pathways to Potential helps students attend school

LANSING – An annual report on Michigan’s Pathways to Potential project shows how placing MDHHS caseworkers in schools continues to remove barriers to student and family success.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released on Wednesday, Aug. 29 its annual report on Pathways to Potential to detail its impact during the 2016-17 school year.

The report shows chronic absenteeism decreasing by more than 20 percent in several counties since caseworkers known as success coaches were first assigned there; interventions by caseworkers that helped more than 45,000 students, parents and others; and more than 20,000 cases in which Pathways provided basic needs to students and families through donations.

“This report demonstrates the positive effects of providing human services in locations where clients are already going – their community schools,” said Matt Lori, deputy director of Policy, Planning and Legislative Services for MDHHS. “When we work one-on-one with families to identify and remove barriers to success and connect them to a network of community services, they can become self-sufficient, find the pathway to success and realize their dreams.”

Pathways to Potential targets five outcome areas: student attendance, education, health, safety and self-sufficiency. During the 2017-18 school year, success coaches assisted families in 300 schools in 41 counties.

Learn more about Pathways and find the annual report at www.michigan.gov/pathwaystopotential.

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