National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Hathaway-Sycamores recognizes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9

“If it weren’t for Hathaway-Sycamores, our campuses would not be nearly as successful. Please know how much we appreciate your school-based services and the staff that provides these necessary and invaluable services day in and day out.”

These words of praise were part of a thank you note—penned just last month—by Alhambra Unified School District’s Student Services Director Dr. Laurel Bear. Bear was referring to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services and the innovative, on-campus, mental-health services that the agency provides to elementary, junior-high, and high-school students in the Alhambra Unified School District. Hathaway-Sycamores also is an on-campus, mental-health services provider for schools in the Pasadena Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

With National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day being recognized on May 9, we’re proud to spotlight these partnership programs that have had a measurable and extremely positive impact on students in need of therapeutic services. For example, a recent report compiled by the Alhambra Unified School District compared the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 school years and found that:

  •  Elementary suspensions (# of days) decreased from 517 to 211
  •  Elementary expulsions (# of students) fell from 37 to 15
  •  High-School suspensions (# of days) dropped from 1,087 to 572
  •  High-School expulsions (# of students) decreased from 83 to 42

The District attributes these dramatic decreases to the on-campus, mental-health services program. According to Hathaway-Sycamores’ Assistant Vice President for School Based Services Tim Blatt, the program’s success can be traced to several factors. “First, our clinicians and youth counselors are part of each school’s fabric. They have offices on campus, and they’re onsite full time, year-round, whereas the staffs of many other programs drop in and out.” Blatt also points to Hathaway-Sycamores’ expansive menu of onsite services, including one-on-one, group and family counseling, as well as assessment services to help students manage stress and excel academically. Focus is further placed on helping students develop social skills, anger-management skills, conflict-resolution skills, and coping skills. A psychiatrist is available for medication consultations, and the Hathaway-Sycamores’ team is additionally available for crisis intervention, as was the case just last month at Alhambra’s Northrup Elementary where a student suddenly passed away. “We also strive to be innovative,” says Blatt, pointing to a “Fresh Start Group” initiative that helps at-risk eighth graders transition successfully to ninth grade and to a workshop for parents titled “The ABC’s of Bullying.” For more information on Hathaway-Sycamores School-Based Services, click here.

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