Purpose of the Service
This service, which is provided by professionally trained and licensed social workers, provides mental health intervention in the schools in order to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children and their families. By maintaining cooperation between schools and the local public child welfare service, an integrated and early intervention approach to these issues can help to resolve problems that interfere with school success, family stability and family self-sufficiency.
Who is Eligible?
Any student (and his or her family), who attends one of the participating schools is eligible to receive service as long as he or she is registered in the school Wellness Center. The wellness centers provide free comprehensive health coverage, including mental health services, to all students in the school, regardless of their insurance coverage. All of the participating schools either have a wellness center or have access to one. Income is not a factor in determining eligibility.
What Services Are Offered?
The services provided reflect the needs and characteristics of each specific school community, so services may vary from school to school.
Services provided are:
- Family assessment and counseling
- Home visitation
- Individual assessments of students and short-term counseling
- Assistance with environmental crises
- Parenting education and support groups
- Student groups
- Referral to community resources
- Year-round programming
- Consultation to school staff
- Coordination with other DSS programs
- Community events and partnerships
Martin Boulevard Elementary
Victory Villa Elementary
Aimee Boilinger Smith, Coordinator
Local Management Board
Program funded by grants and in-kind funds from the Maryland Department of Education; Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; The Baltimore County Board of Education; Governor's office of Children Youth and Families; the Baltimore County Local Management Board; and the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.