Youth Tele Behavioral Health

Adolescence presents unique challenges that may feel overwhelming. The Youth Tele Behavioral Health Program offers a safe and supportive environment where students will explore personal difficulties, identify individual strengths and learn skills to address challenges in a community of peers. A School-Based Community Health Worker is assigned to assist with linkage between clinician, school and family needs. The program provides students with year-round long term or short-term counseling. The program serves middle and high school students within local schools in our region.

Target issues (not limited to the following):

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Advocacy and Confidence
  • Self-Regulation
  • Life Transitions
  • Grieving and Loss
  • LGBTQ Stressors
  • Peer & Family Relationships and Dynamics
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence

Goals of Program

  • Deliver high quality and effective tele behavioral health services that demonstrate improvements in clinical outcomes and functional performance of students with social-emotional problems and behavioral health conditions
  • Reduce costs and minimize use of more expensive health services
  • Increase access to behavioral health services for students receiving tele behavioral health services compared to students in the comparison school receiving behavioral health treatment as usual

Improvements Observed

  • Increased school attendance
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved family & social relationships
  • Improved positive behaviors
  • Increased self-esteem & self confidence
  • Increased social integration
  • Improved safety/self-harm eliminated

Number of sites: 4 MA rural schools

  • Athol High School
  • Gardner High School
  • Ralph C. Mahar Regional School
  • Narragansett Regional High School

For more information or questions, contact:

Maureen Donovan, Project Manager
Office: 978-724-0010 ext. 207
Cell: 978-790-3471