The programs look beyond the exam room, too. The 100 Schools Project, which started in 43 of the city’s highest-need schools over the past year and will kick off in 58 more this fall, places substance abuse or mental health providers in classrooms so they can observe students’ interactions and offer school staff members tips for addressing them.
The tips can range from recommending counselors to helping a teacher realize that an apparently harmless action, such as touching a child’s arm, might bring up a traumatic memory, said Dr. Marilyn Jacob, senior director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, which helps train the providers.
It is a departure from the former model, in which a handful of trained professionals were often inundated with treating only the most troubled 5 percent of students, Dr. Jacob said.
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