RMHA also provides consultation to one local nursery school enabling us to reach a group of younger children and their caregivers in our community.
School-Based mental health care brings services to students and families in need, helping to preserve the learning environment, safety and security of the school. RMHA runs two school-based programs: School Based Mental Health Services offers us the opportunity to help children improve academic performance and social skills through treatment at our licensed clinics on-site at public schools targeted for services by the NYC Department of Education. School Counseling and Consultation Services places licensed RMHA clinicians in three local schools. There, they support teachers and administrators as they handle academic and behavioral issues, as well as students who request help managing challenging family, social and emotional problems.
RMHA clinicians and staff provide consultation to community agencies and school staff. We observe and assess students for mental health and behavioral challenges, provide individual and group counseling to students and make referrals for ongoing care where indicated. Services are individualized for each school and student.
Through this program, we are able to reach a group of children and adolescents who have a strong need for services but are not likely to access services through traditional means.
In 2009-2010, RMHA provided on-site assessments, counseling and referral services to students at various Bronx schools. In addition, consulting services were made available to staff at these schools.