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Contact Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

Phone: +1-617-919-3226

About Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP)

BCHNP is the community behavioral health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.  

For 15 years, BCHNP has placed social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists in schools and community health centers throughout Boston to provide a comprehensive array of social, emotional and behavioral health services to children and adolescents where they live and learn.  Additionally, BCHNP provides professional development, consultation, and capacity building services to educators, administrators and school communities. BCHNP is partners with 17 Boston schools and 2 community health centers.


BCHNP has a team of 21 staff members in four community-based programs:

1.  The School-Based Initiative includes partnerships with seven K-5, K-8 and high schools in Boston.  Boston Children’s Hospital social workers and psychologists work onsite to provide clinical, early intervention, and prevention and promotion services to students, and social, emotional and behavioral health training and consultation to school staff.  Family engagement is a critical component of BCHNP’s work in schools. 

2.  The Clough Foundation Training and Access Project (TAP) includes partnerships with ten K-5/K-8 schools in Boston.  TAP provides high quality professional development and consultation to educators, administrators and school staff.  The goal of the project is to help build schools capacity to better address the social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of their students, staff and community.  TAP is in the process of creating a website and filming professional development workshops for educators.

3.  BCHNP Prevention Initiatives create and disseminate innovative prevention-focused curriculum for middle and high schools students.  One example is Break Free from Depression (BFFD), an adolescent depression awareness curriculum designed to be implemented in schools. Learn more about the online BFFD training curriculum here. The team is working on creating a curriculum for middle and high school students focused on stress and anxiety.

4.  The Community Health Center Initiative  includes partnerships with two community health centers in Boston.   Boston Children’s Hospital child and adolescent psychiatrists work on-site to provide early identification, assessment, treatment, and care coordination services to children and adolescents receiving primary medical care at the health centers. The psychiatrists also provide behavioral health training and consultation to health center staff.  

The goals of BCHNP are:

  1. increase access to children’s behavioral health services in urban communities;
  2. promote children’s social-emotional development through a broad spectrum of social, emotional, and behavioral health services;
  3. build the sustainable behavioral health capacity of partner organizations;
  4. achieve high satisfaction with services provided among all key stakeholders; and
  5. promote systemic change in behavioral health service delivery

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Fellowship Program:

BCHNP accepts one full-time/40 hour postdoctoral fellow each school year. For more information, please contact us at 

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