The Teen Wellness Center Program will likely end soon at all four Dubois County High Schools.
After losing government funding, Dubois County's Teen Wellness Center Program is facing extinction, meaning students all over the county, including those at Jasper High School, will lose access to the program that's been around for the past 19 years.
Ttri-Cap, the community action agency who operated the centers at each school, says they did not receive the federal grant necessary to keep the program going this year. Since 1994, Tri-Cap has provided two counselors and one nurse to each of the county's high schools to deal with general sickness and to counsel teens on issues including home abuse and drug addiction.
Tri-Cap's Christine Vinson says the centers assessed over 800 students last school year and that each school will determine how they can meet that need.
"Some of the schools do have some resources available already. They have maybe a social worker or nurse available. Some of the schools are looking into maybe acquiring a social worker or someone, a counselor, someone that can get in to help absorb some of that. I think the schools are probably just as shocked as we were. So, they're just trying to figure out what's going to work best for them," Vinson said.
Tri-Cap says they're trying to come up with a way to raise the money for the program themselves. But at a goal of $100,000, that's much easier said than done.