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Saratoga Center for the Family to partner with district to offer school-based mental health services

June 7, 2017

Saratoga Center for the Family logoAs part of the 2017-18 school year budget, which was approved by voters on May 19, 2017, the South Glens Falls Central School District will be partnering with the Saratoga Center for the Family to offer comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in all grades.

“Over the last several years, the school district has seen an increase in student mental health needs, such as anxiety and depression,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, Ed.D. “As educators, we believe that early intervention and support services to address these issues can help our students succeed.”

As part of the contract service agreement with Saratoga Center for the Family, a full-time clinical social worker will be available to serve students and families within the district. This therapist will be interacting with students and their families on a daily basis with office locations in our schools.

Why have mental health programs in schools?

Research shows being able to access more comprehensive mental health services within a school setting can prevent students’ issues from affecting emotional, academic or physical development, and can help provide relief from symptoms as soon as possible. Students who have easy access to a therapist often have better long-term outcomes.

Being able to access more comprehensive mental health services can help students improve academic performance and personal relationships with family and friends.

“In South Glens Falls, a school-based mental health program will help our students overcome obstacles to success. The district knows there are families that need access to these services but are unable to access them in the community for a variety of reasons,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Kristine Orr. “By bringing these services into the schools, the district will be able to provide support to families who need it.”

What services will the Saratoga Center for the Family social worker provide?

  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Treatment of depression
  • Grief and loss support
  • Crisis prevention, intervention and treatment
  • Suicide prevention, intervention and treatment
  • Education and awareness regarding self injury
  • Consultation with classroom teachers on mental health interventions for individual students
  • Mental health promotion, awareness and education
  • Stress and coping: promoting staff and student resiliency during difficult times
  • Personal safety information
  • Medication support and management
  • Parent education and training
  • Psychiatric support and re-entry planning
  • Educationally related mental health services

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