A New Program Will Give 100 New York City Schools Extra Mental Health Training

The conversation about infusing New York City schools with mental health services often centers around “community school” programs that pour extra funding into low-performing schools and provide social workers or health clinics.

But what about schools that aren’t in those programs, yet could still benefit from access to mental health resources?

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services is launching a program — called the 100 Schools Project — partly in an attempt to address that gap.

Starting this month, the program will connect community based organizations to 10 middle and high schools spread over Brooklyn and the Bronx that will help train teachers and other staff members to recognize signs of distress and funnel students into the right mental health, behavioral intervention or substance abuse programs. The initiative is expected to reach 50 schools by January 2017 and 100 later that year.

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