MCUSA Announces Partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools

Motivational Coaches of America (MCUSA), one of the  largest healthcare networks, dedicated to excellence in behavioral health, wellness and education services for our community’s youngest citizens, announces a partnership with one of nation’s largest public school districts – Hillsborough County Public Schools (HPCS).  The agreement was broadcast during the HCPS Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and expands MCUSA’s presence within several urban school districts throughout the state of Florida, including Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Orange, Pasco, and Clay districts.     

MCUSA has been providing the highest quality behavioral health services  to students in Florida’s public and charter schools, utilizing an evidenced-based curricula and through the innovative placement of highly qualified and skilled behavioral health professionals, identified as “Motivational Coaches,” within schools.  MCUSA is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is a community behavioral healthcare agency, licensed by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration and by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services.

“A one-size fits all design in addressing the social, emotional, psychological, physical, instructional and overall well-being of today’s youth is obsolete, ineffective and inadequate,” said MCUSA foundert and Chief Executive Officer, Julio Avael.  “We have a moral imperative to provide, to our most vulnerable and fragile children, from our neediest and most economically disadvantaged communities, the access to services they may not otherwise have access to.  Our unique multi-level service delivery model is the ‘gold standard’ within the industry and is designed to impact school climate and culture, thus lending itself to supporting academic achievement, improving school engagement, increasing school connectivity, empowering youth, and enhancing the quality of life for children and their families,” said Mr. Avael.

The MCUSA program has been successful in helping at-risk children, identified by a certain criterion and early warning indicators, to address a wide-range of issues, including, but not limited to anger management, substance abuse, self-esteem issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, bullying, gangs, oppositional defiance, academic underachievement, negative peer influence, and a variety of additional behavioral challenges.  Children who have successfully participated in the voluntary program often demonstrate academic gains, improved attendance, reductions in referrals and other healthy outcomes.     

MCUSA was honored and privileged to work closely with the leadership at HCPS and the Hillsborough County Commission, in bringing our hallmark program to the children of Hillsborough and the Greater Tampa area, for the 2017-18 school year.  

“Every child is a success story waiting to happen. There is clearly a need, within this community, to do all that we can to meet children where they are, and to ensure we bring that success story to light,” said Mr. Avael.

The MCUSA school-based program will be offered at identified middle schools, at no cost to the district, with materials, staffing and all other components provided by MCUSA.   

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