KBH Provides Mental Health Services in the Schools
Our School-Based Program has been helping school-age children and adolescents in the school setting since 1996. This is a clinical program that enhances traditional guidance programs in schools across central and mid-coast Maine. For schools, a primary goal of this service is to reduce barriers to learning. For example, if a student is struggling with a mental health diagnosis, or living in a chaotic home with domestic violence or substance abuse issues, a KBH clinician is in the school to help them develop the skills needed to be successful in school and in life. Many of these students cannot get services in one of the KBH clinics due to a parent’s inability to transport them or because of their own problems. A KBH School-Based clinician can work with a student on how they can grow and develop despite their challenges in life.
Schools are very supportive of students and want them to succeed academically and personally. The School-Based Program can assist with that goal. On any given day, in the schools with which KBH contracts, credentialed KBH counselors can be found dealing with the results of domestic violence, substance abuse, sex abuse or depression. Some people wonder why the school’s guidance office can’t deal with students’ problems, but more difficult mental health issues need more intensive therapy or support.
Critical to children’s services is obtaining parental involvement, according to Program Director Aaron Landry. Success is when parent, child, and school are in agreement about how to meet challenges, and they support each other in meeting those challenges.
For more information about KBH’s School-Based Services contact the Access Center at 1-888-322-2136.