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GW: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools Awarded Contract to Support Mental Health Care in DC Public Schools

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) received a contract award from the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), to support the District’s plan to provide comprehensive behavioral health care to all students in DC public and public charter schools by providing technical assistance and support to the community-based provider organizations delivering services.

CHHCS will work in partnership with DBH, DC public and public charter schools, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to help schools and mental health providers incorporate best practices for integrating mental health care into the academic setting to support positive development among students.

A DBH-led Coordinating Council made up of teachers, parents and community providers is guiding the development and implementation of school-based services, with the goal of expanding to all schools by the 2023-2024 school year.

“We will partner with schools and the contracted community-based organizations to facilitate the implementation of known best practices that will allow these school-community teams to better address the mental health needs of students and their families,” said Dr. Olga Acosta Price, director of CHHCS, and an associate professor of prevention and community health at Milken Institute SPH. “By strengthening these tiered systems of support, we will foster positive connections to school, detect emerging problems at a faster rate and identify which students need more tailored support so that all students are set up for success.”

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