School Based Services

Mental Health
3. Services


School Based Services

Of all children who receive mental health services, 70-80 percent receive these services at school. If you are having problems in school, such as difficulty concentrating in class, keeping up with your work, controlling your behavior in the classroom, or even attending school, you may be able to receive the services described below. If you feel you want or need any of these services, speak with your guidance counselor about having an evaluation to find out if you are eligible.

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Programs: SBMH programs provide mental health services in a number of schools throughout the city. Each program is staffed by a licensed social worker, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist, and it’s like a mental health office inside the school. If you attend a school with an SBMH program, some of the services you can get are assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family therapy; and crisis intervention. If you are struggling in school due to emotional or behavioral challenges, these services may help you remain in general education or avoid being moved to a different school. The SBMH program will keep all of your treatment records separate from your school records, so any treatment you receive at the center will be private and confidential.

For more information on SBMH programs, and to find out if your school has one, speak with your guidance counselor or visit:

http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SBHC/MentalHealth.htm

Special Education: If you have an evaluation and qualify for special education, you will receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which describes the best learning environment for you. Your IEP may require your current school to provide you with additional services, such as counseling, or it may recommend that you move to a new school, such as a Day Treatment Program. If and when you no longer need special education services, you may be moved back into regular education.

Day Treatment Programs (DTPs): DTPs are schools that provide mental health services and special education services at the same time. They also provide supportive services to families.