ERIC Number: ED445462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
School-Based Mental Health Services in Urban Elementary Education: Child, Family, and Teacher Perspectives.
Hussey, David L.; Guo, Shenyang; Schlegelmilch, Andrew
Using urban schools to provide a pivotal platform from which to launch mental health services, the target population in this study was a group of students (n=41), ages 5-13, with serious emotional disturbances and their families at two elementary schools in Cleveland, Ohio. The children were referred for school-based mental health services by their teachers. A private, non-profit agency provided intensive mental health services, including diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy, in-home family therapy, family support groups, comprehensive case management, intensive summer therapeutic programming, and classroom support and consultation to the teachers. Overall, 95.6 percent of the parents or caretakers were happy with the services provided though the school-based mental health program. Approximately 95.7 percent felt that their child was doing better since starting the program and they were happy with the progress that their child and family made. The children evidenced similar positive responses on their portion of the client satisfaction surveys. Results indicated that 76.4 percent of the teachers (n=18) found the consultations with the school-based mental health staff helpful, 50 percent felt their students improved attendance, 44 percent felt their students improved academically, and 39 percent felt their students' disruptive behavior improved. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Consultation Programs, Elementary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Mental Health Programs, Outcomes of Treatment, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Therapy, Urban Schools
For full text: http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/bysubject.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Inst.
Note: In: The Annual Research Conference Proceedings, A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (12th, Tampa, FL, February 21-24, 1999).