The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) received a contract award from the District of Columbia’s Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) to support the District’s initiative to expand comprehensive behavioral health systems throughout all D.C. public and public charter schools. These systems are designed to help increase access to behavioral health services and to support the emotional well-being of all public school students in D.C.
As part of the initiative, CHHCS will provide leadership and technical assistance for a newly-established Community of Practice, which aims to develop highly-effective and sustainable partnerships between schools, community-based organizations, behavioral health service providers, youth and families, and other relevant stakeholders within the community.
Through the Community of Practice, CHHCS will help to provide professional development composed of training sessions focused on building knowledge, skills, and competencies of participating stakeholders. These partnerships and training opportunities will help school leaders, administrators, community-based organizations, providers, etc. to better understand and effectively implement best practices associated with the delivery of sustainable school behavioral health systems.
To accomplish these efforts, CHHCS will work in close partnership with DBH, D.C. public and public charter schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and CRP, Inc.