Project Summary

The Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Schneider Children’s Hospital, part of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, jointly sponsor an expanded mental health program at the Franklin Lane High School School-Based Health Center. The health system, which also sponsors health centers at Far Rockaway High School and Middle School 53 also in Queens, established the Lane Student Health Center in 1990. The center enrolls over 90% of the 3400 students and has about 10,000 visits per year.

The grant-funded project will address three key issues that challenge health center-sponsored mental health programs. Those issues include capacity expansion, quality improvement and maintenance, and reimbursement for care (CQR). The program strategy builds on recommendations for mental health service delivery design from the New York State SBHC Mental Health Workgroup.

The project will utilize widespread screening to identify students possibly in need of mental health services, while a structured assessment tool will differentiate the majority of students who have social and emotional problems, from the minority, who have diagnosable mental illness. Supportive maintenance will be offered through groups, workshops and a drop-in center. Students with more need will receive short-term, outcome-oriented individual therapy, while selected patients requiring more time-consuming treatment, will be referred to specialty providers at the outset. A psychologist will join the staff on a full-time basis in the 2002-2003 school year.

Caring for Kids is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, a nonpartisan policy and program center based at The George Washington University.