School Based Mental Health Services (Washington FY18 and Beyond) Annual

Partners
  • Washington County Public School Administration
  • Potomac Case Management
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Washington County Mental Health Authority
  • Teachers
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Parents 
Action Plan

In FY19, the vendor will identify any changes that need to be made by the end of the school year and will implement these changes in the future.  The therapists will have a greater flexibility of moving hours to busier schools and reducing the time at schools that have lower utilization. The vendor is identifying traits and characteristics of therapists to ensure greater success in the schools and assigning therapists who exhibit those characteristics. These include: flexibility, ability to quickly establish rapport with administration and students and the ability to remain calm under pressure. 

Program Summary

School Based Mental Health Services provides short term mental health services consisting of crisis management, screening, therapeutic assistance and/or referral for additional services to students attending every public middle and high school in Washington County as well as four select elementary schools. Services are provided by licensed clinical therapists. Students receive up to three free sessions before being referred to an outside provider if necessary. The services of the School Based Mental Health Program provide intervention for youth who are at high risk for disconnection as well as those who are impacted by parental incarceration.

Target Population

Services are provided to all students attending public middle and high schools in Washington County.

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