Astor Services for Families and Children has been awarded a grant to be the lead agency for training and implementation of the Behavioral Health in Schools Project. This is a multi-year DSRIP project that will serve up to 100 middle and high schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. The project is funded by the 4 PPSs - Bronx Health Access, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities, Community Care of Brooklyn and OneCity Health. The Jewish Board will manage the project, and work in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), the NYC Department of Education (DOE, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as active partners in the project's design and implementation. As the grantee, Astor Services will be charged with:
(1) Providing training for staff and students at NYC public schools on understanding mental health and substance use and effective prevention strategies;
(2) Providing staff professional development, support, self-care and resource sharing;
(3) Establishing and making community referrals and linkages for students in need of treatment by providing clear and easy to use "warm hand offs" to mental health and substance use treatment;
(4) Training, coaching, and supporting school staff on effective crisis response and when needed assisting in de-escalation of crises; and
(5) Assisting school staff in conducting universal screenings, early identification of behavioral health issues, and/or identification of gaps in services in the school and community. Astor Services for Families and Children is part of the Bronx Health Access partner network.
We look forward to working with them on this exciting opportunity to change the culture of behavioral health for future generations of New Yorkers.