What is Behavioral Health in Schools?
Why Do We Need This?
How Will We Achieve This?
The vision is built on a partnership among organizations dedicated to nurturing a culturally responsive, trauma-informed, strengths-based, school-linked system of mental health practices and supports. The program integrates mental health therapists into the schools where they actively collaborate with Student Services staff and provide individual treatment to students who are unable to access community-based mental health care. BHS extends its impact by providing consultation and professional development to school staff, moving beyond a co-location model to an integrated model in which staff are simultaneously supported in learning how to facilitate the best environment for a child who is participating in BHS.
BHS is supported by braiding funding streams from schools, insurance claim reimbursements, government agencies, grants and diverse community groups. Direct services are partially supported by claim reimbursements, while integrated professional development and consultation services require funds from community resources.