Recognizing the acute need for additional mental health options for local children, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County has committed more than half a million dollars for counseling services in 10 area schools.
As part of the Mental Health Assistance Program, the Council has contracted with Center for Child Counseling to place mental health professionals in 10 elementary schools in neighborhoods with a BRIDGES site. BRIDGES are 10 community hubs, funded by the Council, in at-risk neighborhoods where children have struggled with health, wellness and academic indicators associated with living in poverty.
“It’s clear to us that in today’s world, there’s a pressing need for mental health services for young children,” says Lisa Williams-Taylor, the Council’s CEO. “We believe this kind of early intervention will go a long way in preventing more serious mental health issues from developing in the teen years and beyond.”
The Council already funds an array of counseling and mental health services for local families raising young children, such as programs for new mothers with postpartum depression and counseling for families struggling with complex mental health, domestic violence and/or drug-related challenges.
The Council’s response to Palm Beach County’s current mental health need is in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County and other local mental health agencies. In launching The Mental Health Assistance Program, the Council and the school district are working together to outline responsibilities, ensure consistency in services and establish a data system for the project.
Meanwhile, the school district currently is crafting a broader plan, and has identified six mental health agencies to provide additional services in other local schools.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
For more information about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, please visit us at https://www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.374.7570.