School Contracted Services

These 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.

STARS School is now accepting referrals. STARS School provides a full onsite academic program for students which includes individualized behavioral programming, social skills training, and support around activities of daily living. Programs are individualized and developed by the Consultant and an Educator with significant input from the family and sending school team

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 5-12. Enrollment is voluntary and limited to youth currently unable to access their education in a mainstream setting.

There is also an afterschool program that 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.

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