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School Contracted Services

Children Youth & Family ServicesThese services result from a contract between a Local Education Agency (LEA) and Washington County Mental Health Services. Services are paid for by the LEA and delivered by WCMHS.

School Contracted Services Programs include:

School Based Behavior Interventionist Services (SBBIS) provides multiple highly individualized school-based programs for youth and their families living with significant emotional and behavioral disorders.  Youth that we serve are at risk of being placed in residential and/or day treatment facilities. Through the use of a trained behavior interventionists, therapeutic case management services for the family and school, behavioral consultation from a clinician trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and close partnerships with the contracting schools, the vast majority of the youths served remain in their homes and in public schools.

The Beckley Day Program (BDP) is a short-term tutorial program available for students served by the School Based Behavior Intervention Services Program, in grades 1-6, that are having acute difficulties accessing their education in a mainstream environment. Children served by the Beckley Day Program are typically students in need of extra support, stabilization, and assessment. Youth are offered a supportive environment in which their social, emotional and educational needs can be assessed and supported with the goal of transitioning the students back to the least restrictive mainstream educational environment.

Specialized Treatment and Reaching Success (STARS) has been designed by Children, Youth, and Family Services to address the unique educational and social needs of children and youth ages 3-22 years old diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or other developmental disabilities (DD). STARS provides a wide variety of supports including individualized academic, social skills, and life skills within the client’s public school or within the STARS center on Beckley Hill in Barre, Vermont.

Positive Behavior Classroom (PBC) is a collaborative project between Washington County Mental Health School Based Services and Barre City School to provide behavioral and therapeutic support to children and their families. Once enrolled in the program, the student receives daily support both in and out of the classroom, as well as support and advocacy from an assigned case manager. The case manager provides in-home support to the family by referring the family to other services and building on the strengths that the family already has. Students in the program also participate in social skills groups to improve their peer/adult relationships and academic performance.

Ch.O.I.C.E. (Changing Our Ideas Concerning Education) Academy, a licensed independent school, and an integrated transitional mental health treatment facility/educational center. Ch.O.I.C.E. provides educational and therapeutic services to youth in grades 6-12. Enrollment is voluntary and limited to youth currently unable to access their education in a mainstream setting.

The Discovery Afterschool Program provides any youth currently served by WCMHS therapeutic afterschool activities three days a week during the academic calendar year. First priority for enrollment is given to Ch.O.I.C.E. Academy students. WCMHS case managers or staff makes referrals to the program.

Home School Coordinators and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Behavior (PBIS) Analysts are Children, Youth and Family Services clinicians/case managers who work in contracting schools to provide home/school coordination, interagency service coordination, and direct services to children and youth experiencing a serious emotional disturbance and their families. Staff also assists the contracting school with the implementation of its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system.

How Do I Access Services?
Services are only available through a referral from the child’s school to WCMHS.

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