MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- 40 Department of Human Service workers will soon be spending part of their workdays inside of Muskegon schools.
Maura Corrigan is the Director of the states Department of Human Services. She told attendees at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce business breakfast event Muskegon County is joining the "Pathways to Potential" program.
The program has Department of Human Services workers in Michigan spending part of their day inside schools working in a cross-disciplinary fashion.
The program is focused on getting students in class, removing barriers to attendance, and supporting a students family.
Corrigan believes the effort will reduce the state's drop-out rate.
No new staff are being added in Muskegon County, but existing workers will have new technology allowing them to be more mobile. Corrigan says there are often easy solutions to the problems that cause truancy.
The program is already in 150 Michigan schools. First-year results show truancy drops by 10-percent at schools with an assigned Department of Human Services worker.