ERIC Number: ED366065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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What Does One Look Like? A School and Community Approach.
Hoover, S.; Achilles, C. M.
This paper describes a funded project, Families and Neighborhood Schools (FANS), which provided coordinated services for selected at-risk middle school students. The FANS project, based at Bryson Middle School in Greenville County School District, South Carolina, collaborated with the county mental health center to offer school-based mental health services to students and their families. The project's staffing, budget, initiation, and collaboration, and role of school leaders are described. FANS also provided alternative functions: a collaborative, in-school, intervention plan for nonviolent criminal offenders; systemic interventions for at-risk students; and counseling for special education students. The project has reduced the social stigma of mental health issues. An 18-month evaluation of 59 sixth-graders indicated an increase in social bonding and improved academic performance. Although structural approaches vary by site, four components are constant in this type of school-based service delivery model. Such a program must: (1) address all student needs that hinder success in school; (2) include traditional clinical and nontraditional group approaches; (3) promote collegiality among the mental health and school staffs; and (4) constitute a true collaborative effort. A list of contact persons is included. Two tables and two figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Health Services, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mental Health Programs, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, School Community Programs, Social Services, Student Needs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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