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Behavioral Health COVID Response Program


Behavioral Health COVID Response ProgramĀ is a part of Student Support Services

The Behavioral Health COVID Response Program provides a comprehensive, school-based approach for behavioral health support services by utilizing a multi-tiered systems of support framework. Our program places Behavioral Health Assistants trained in evidence-based approaches into schools to provide Tier 1 universal prevention programs, as well as Tier 2 interventions and support for students experiencing mental health challenges. We provide referral and coordination of Tier 3 interventions and supports for students.

The program is designed to:

  1. Reduce impact of behavioral health related issues on student wellbeing and academic success.
  2. Increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental distress and encourage help-seeking behavior.
  3. Provide referral and support services for students and families.
  4. Provide education for parents, schools, and communities to support the social-emotional development of our youth.
  5. Promote a positive school climate that supports the behavioral health and wellbeing of students and staff.

In addition to direct services provided by our Behavioral Health Assistants, education sessions for caregivers and professional development for staff is available to support behavioral health in the wider school community.

Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of schools and districts and provide responsive support to students, families, and staff.

Professional development focused on behavioral health topics is available to all schools and districts in the PSESD region on a fee for service basis.


Stacey Swilley
Behavioral Health Program Manager