School-Based Mental Health Therapy Program
What is the School-Based Mental Health Therapy Program?
The School-Based Mental Health Therapy Program is responsible for:
- providing therapy services to screen for therapeutic service provision
- assessing level of services needed based off of screening
- providing treatment using clinically researched based models of therapy to address trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
- providing individual, group, and family therapy sessions in the school setting
- providing support regarding any life event or experience where students require assistance processing, coping, and managing emotions
- providing support for students who feel sad for an extended amount of time, lack motivation, and have experienced trauma
- teaching students coping skills to deal with life stressors during therapy sessions that take place within the school building
School-Based Licensed Mental Health Professionals are:
- licensed by the State of Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- provide support for the student within the educational setting
- make recommendations to assist the student and their family receive additional support in the community
- assist school personnel in identifying issues or mental health concerns which pose a barrier to a student’s success
Who is eligible to receive School-Based Mental Health Therapy Services?
Newport News Public Schools students are eligible for mental health therapy services with a School-Based Licensed Mental Health Professional. Parents or Legal Guardians must sign a written consent for treatment prior to implementation of School-Based Mental Health Therapy services.
How do you request School-Based Mental Health Therapy Services?
School-Based Mental Health Therapy services can be requested by self referral, student referral, staff referral, or parent referral submitted to the designated School-Based Licensed Mental Health Professional or by contacting the Supervisor of Student Support and Mental Health Care Services. Parents or Legal Guardians must sign a written consent for treatment prior to implementation of School-Based Mental Health Therapy services.
Who are the School-Based Mental Health Care Clinical Services Partners?
Partners for Mental Health Care Services:
- Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board (H-NNCSB) Mental Health Care Services Partnership
- provides clinical consultation and referral information to school leaders for families in need of support
- provides assessments – at the appropriate level - clinical care, service identification, and referral services for students and their family members
- provides in person and virtual school based mental health care therapy services for elementary schools
- linkage to community resources for additional support (i.e. mentoring, mental health case management, medication management)
- assist families to obtain Medicaid insurance for service provision if they do not have medical insurance
- assist students to learn and use prevention and intervention strategies as it pertains to their mental health care plan
- monitor student progress in therapy
- collaborate with school staff with written consent from parent or legal guardian
- individual, group, and family mental health care therapy service linkage to community resources for additional support (i.e. mentoring, mental health case management, medication management
- National Counseling Group Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) Services
- Therapeutic Day Treatment Monitoring (Pre-K-12th grade-various school sites)
- Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) is a partnership program supported by Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) and Intercept Health
- teams of mental health professionals are placed in elementary, middle, and high schools to provide services to help youth improve behaviors and emotional well-being
- youth receive therapeutic support at school and learn behavior management skills in an effort to improve attendance, academic performance, and reduce suspensions
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mental Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Children’s Mental Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Need Help Right Now?
- Mental Health Care Screening
- National Institute of Mental Health
If you are in crisis or thinking about suicide:
- Call or text 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988
- Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text “MHA” to 741741
- Call (800) SUICIDE for more national resources www.crisislink.org
- American Association of Suicidology at 202-237-2280 or www.suicidology.org
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Network at www.preventsuicideva.org