School Based Mental Health Services
In order to ensure that students have access to the mental health services that they need, The Foundling launched its School Based Mental Health Services, partnering with public high schools throughout New York City.
In each partner school, School Based Mental Health Services staff are embedded within the school community (including on-site mental health clinics in some schools) and focus on identifying and addressing the individual mental health needs of high- and moderate-risk students. Trained staff conducts an ongoing review of those students that have been identified as at highest behavioral and social risk and then works with the school to develop and monitor intervention plans for in-school counseling as well as referral to community-based services. Our School Based Mental Health Services operate in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan and are part of New York City’s Community School Initiative, based on a growing body of evidence showing that an integrated focus on academics, health and mental health services, social services, expanded learning opportunities, positive youth development, and family and community supports are critical to improving student achievement. Our School Based Mental Health Services program works to educate and engage children and parents about emotional wellness and early identification of children and/or teenagers in need of mental health services; promote the engagement of families; establish physical environments that encourage children and families to participate in services when needed; create processes that facilitate prompt referral and access to assessment and treatment; and incorporate evidence-based treatment practices.