Community Schools@100%: Innovation 7
Engaging Higher Education
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Community Schools.7.1
Project 1: The “let’s explore the Santa Fe ‘Sky Center’ model” project
Learn how the Sky Center at Ortiz Middle School in Santa Fe, New Mexico brings behavioral health care to students and their parents. The Sky Center specializes in counseling youth and their families who may be experiencing a number of difficulties and behaviors, including suicidal ideation. Students are referred for school difficulties, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, family conflict and loss, substance use, bullying and a number of other related issues. Counselors specialize in culturally sensitive family treatment. The goal is empowering young people and their families to cope with the stress of painful and traumatic events as well as the everyday pressures and challenges of this modern age. The center is also a teaching facility, training the next generation of school behavioral health care specialists.
Sky Center in Santa Fe, NM: https://aae.how/59
Project: Community Schools.7.2
Project 2: The “Can the ‘Madison Public Schools model for care’ work for us?” project
Madison, Wisconsin is bringing behavioral healthcare to students. Madison schools recognize that one in five of their students have a diagnosable mental health condition. To meet this need, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools has partnered with community clinicians and funding partners to provide mental health services to students who do not have access outside of the school’s walls. The program is currently in five of their schools, with plans to expand to the rest of the school district.
Madison Public Schools: https://aae.how/60
Project: Community Schools.7.3
Project 3: The “analyze the rural Kentucky online care model” project
Harvard Independent Schools in Eastern Kentucky was faced with the challenge of obtaining confidential mental health care services for their students in a community where many faculty and staff are related to students, and have known them their entire lives. This school has elected to use an online mental health program, called Ripple Effects, to meet the mental health needs of their students. We need to look closely at their evaluation to see if this model can work effectively.
Rural Schools: https://aae.how/61