The Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital (Bradley) in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), other community-based providers of behavioral health services, school personnel, community organizations, families and school aged youth propose to work on developing a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental wellness programs and services. Bradley and its partners propose to build on efforts underway toward this goal as the pandemic has increased both the challenges in implementation and the need for the services. Based on a public health model, this five-year effort will be focused in three school districts; namely, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. Focusing on these three districts will annually impact 35,447 students and 3,051 school personnel as the partners implement professional and paraprofessional training, mental health related promotions, awareness, prevention, intervention, and resilience activities to ensure that students have access and are connected to appropriate and effective behavioral health services.
In Rhode Island, one in five (19%) children ages 6-17 has a diagnosable mental health problem and one in 10 (10%) has a significant functional impairment. Bradley, RIDE, DCYF, and its partners supported by this grant funding will continue to build strong collaborative partnerships to oversee behavioral health efforts in target districts in service of school-aged youth with mental disorders. The collective impact of our state partnership will be mirrored by a similar partnership within the three school districts, in collaboration with local community mental health treatment provider agencies, to ensure that school prevention and intervention programs and services are linked to existing resources and/or new capacity to support students is created. The following goals will support the process. Detailed corresponding measurable objectives to each goal have been developed.
Goal 1 Through systemic enhancements Bradley, and its partners, will increase awareness and identification of MH, substance use, and co-occurring issues among school-aged youth.
Goal 2 Bradley, and its partners, will continue to increase the knowledge of individuals who interact with school-aged youth to understand and detect the signs and symptoms of mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. This will include all faculty and staff at the school and district level and community members.
Goal 3 Bradley and partners will have the capacity to support LEAs in helping school-aged youth promote resilience building and mental health well-being through the development of skills that will work to avert development of mental and behavioral health disorders and prevent youth violence.
Goal 4 Bradley, and its partners, will enhance and sustain the school-based mental health system that is based on a three-tiered public health model.
Goal 5 Bradley, and its partners, will develop and enhance referral pathway systems that connect school-aged youth who may have behavioral health issues, including symptoms consistent with a SMI or SED, and their families to needed services.
Goal 6 Through programs, policies, and system changes, Bradley, RIDE, DCYF and its partners will increase access to culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and trauma informed school- and community-based BH services.