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ERIC Number: ED366065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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