Department of Behavioral Health Services

  • There is a critical connection between behavioral health & wellbeing and academic success. The BPS Behavioral Health Services (BHS) department is comprised of licensed behavioral health providers supporting all BPS schools. Our mission is to ensure that BPS students have a safe and supportive school environment where they can be successful.

    Who We Are

    The BHS department is comprised of 69 school psychologists & 8 pupil adjustment counselors/school social workers. Together, we support all BPS schools to provide student level services (e.g. counseling & interventions) and systems level services (e.g. climate team facilitation). The comprehensive role (aligned with NASP Practice Model, NASW Standards for School Social Work & SSWA Role Description) of BHS staff within schools is intentionally supported to ensure access to high-quality, equitable behavioral health services for all BPS students.

    What We Do

    Within BPS schools, BHS staff are hard at work providing direct individual student services like counseling and assessment. We also support schools by facilitating and/or participating on important school teams (e.g. student support team, climate team). Our department is an integral part of the district crisis team, responsible for supporting school communities following large impact crises. 

    In addition to providing services & supports within all BPS schools, the BHS department works closely with various partners to strengthen behavioral health supports available to our students & schools. This includes our partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital & UMass Boston to implement the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model, as well as overseeing the Boston School-Based Behavioral Health Collaborative (BSBBHC).

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