Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships | School-Based Initiatives

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Phone: +1-617-919-3201

About School-Based Initiatives 

In the 2015/2016 academic year, the BCHNP School-Based Initiative provided clinical, early intervention, and prevention/promotion services to nearly 1300 students. It also provided over 600 hours of training and consultation to school staff and families, including seven workshops to 325 school staff.

In the seven partnering schools listed below, approximately 80% of students are children of color, almost half are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as economically disadvantaged, and 21% are English language learners.  

List of Partnering Schools in the 2015/2016 Academic Year:

  1. Boston Arts Academy
  2. Boston Latin School
  3. Joseph Lee K-8
  4. Match Charter Public Middle School
  5. Match Charter Public High School
  6. Patrick Lyndon Pilot School
  7. Charles Sumner Elementary School

School staff rate family stressors, attention problems, anxiety, disruptive behavior, depression, and trauma exposure as significant problems in their schools that impair their ability to teach, and their students’ abilities to learn.  BCHNP’s school-based program addresses these problems by bringing child-centered, prevention-oriented behavioral health services to children in their own schools. 

In the past year, BCHNP was successful in:

  • Improving access to care by reducing the wait time for crisis response and therapy services, preventing adverse outcomes in crisis situations, and increasing the number of therapy sessions, as compared to traditional behavioral health services.
  • Promoting children’s social-emotional development by reducing behavioral health symptoms and functional impairment among students receiving clinical services, and by improving coping strategies, social-emotional competencies, and depression-related knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy among students receiving early intervention and prevention services
  • Establishing systemic change in behavioral health service delivery by training professionals in sustainable systems for addressing behavioral health, continuing to partner with the Boston Public School District to collaboratively enhance and expand school-based behavioral health services, and even more broadly disseminating a nationally-recognized depression awareness program through continued webinar trainings.
  •  Across all services provided to school staff, students, and parents, BCHNP was successful in achieving high levels of satisfaction.

BCHNP expanded its efforts to build the behavioral health capacity of partner schools through its launching of a new innovation, the Clough Foundation Training and Access Project (TAP), which aims to address students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs by supporting the development of sustainable systems to meet these needs.

Please download our annual report or contact BCHNP to learn more about this initiative.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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