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Presented at the 19th Annual Research Conference

The Friends’ School Team: Promoting a Sustainable System of Care in Six Middle Schools

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Session Number: 8 Room: Meeting Room 10

Presenting: Andrew Bell; Neil Pessin

All Authors for this paper: Andrew Bell; Neil Pessin

Presentation Type: topical discussion

Synopsis: Fragmentation of care across school- and mental health systems carries with it a high cost to students, families, educators and mental health providers. The Friends’ School Team (FST) is part of a three-year partnership of The United Way of New York City with non-profit, city, and state agencies. The goal of the FST is to assist six Bronx middle schools with the implementation of a system of care for students with emotional and behavioral problems. Through trainings, consultations, and crisis intervention, the FST facilitates the development of a multi-faceted approach in identifying, conceptualizing, and coordinating services for children with significant adjustment problems. Discussion will focus on the challenges, successes and surprises encountered in helping schools shift from an exclusionary, punitive approach to one that is family-driven, strength-based, and collaborative.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Session Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentation Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM