Today’s episode discusses school-based mental health, what it is and how this treatment model increases access and availability to services for many children who would otherwise not receive help.
The benefits of school-based mental health services have long been noted. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that “school-based mental health services can improve access to care, allow for early identification and treatment of mental illness and …. reduce access barriers for underserved populations, including children from low-income families and children of color.”
In this episode, Patricia speaks with Nayeli Villalobos, a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor for The Guidance Center’s Long Beach School-Based Program. Nayeli served for many years as a clinician in the school-based program, and now supervises treatment and coordinates services at several Long Beach public schools.
In My Backyard is brought to you by The Guidance Center, a children’s mental health agency in Long Beach, CA. In My Backyard is produced by Tricia Costales and Matthew Murray. Thank you to Jay Vincent B for original music. All other music licensed through SoundStripe. Thank you to our listeners and supporters.
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