school based services
The United States is currently facing a mental health crisis, creating higher rates of bullying, suicide, and behavior issues in our schools. At Bluegrass Behavioral Services for Children, we believe that early intervention through compassion and empowerment can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to succeed in their school community.
We create programs providing the necessary social-emotional skills to help children feel safe, loved, and ready to learn. According to the CDC website (n.d.), “Early intervention services can change a child’s developmental path and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.” The CDC describes mental disorders among children as: serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day. According to a CDC survey, the National Survey of Children’s Health, the following data on mental disorders in U.S. children was collected:
Approximately 6.1 million children, ages 2-17, have received an ADHD diagnosis.
Approximately 4.5 million children, ages 3-17, have a diagnosed behavior problem.
Approximately 4.4 million children, ages 3-17, have diagnosed anxiety.
Approximately 1.9 million children, ages 3-17, have diagnosed depression.
Mental health issues in children can be caused by environment, genetics, and trauma and cause a great deal of difficulty in the learning environment. As the number of children dealing with these difficulties pour into our schools, the education system struggles to keep up and ensure that the needs of these students are met. This is where BBSC can help!
Our current options for providing services within the school setting are:
School-Based Therapy: One-on-one therapy services provided in the child’s school setting. These sessions can be 30-50 minutes in length, be conducted in or out of the classroom, and be offered 1-3 days per week. There is a family component offered with this level of service.
School-Based Therapy + Therapeutic Support: Option 1 with added Therapeutic Support offered to client in their typical environment. This option has 3 levels of intensity based on client need (10-15 hrs./wk., 15-25 hrs./wk., 25-35 hrs./wk.). Family component also offered with this level of service.
All of our Hive Programs utilize an evidence-based social-emotional curriculum as the foundational construct and ensure that student’s academic, behavioral, and emotional needs are being met. This foundation creates an environment conducive to learning and connection and encourages, supports, and empowers children; allowing them to feel safe, loved, and open to what they can learn.