Children’s Home +Aid provides school-based mental health programs in 12 partner elementary schools in Chicago’s Englewood, Humboldt Park and South Shore neighborhoods. Our staff works with teachers, school staff and community-based mental health providers to improve students’ academic success by helping address any issues that may interfere with their ability to learn.
Our therapists lead groups targeting issues like anger management and improving social skills. Therapists also work one-on-one with students and their families through office and home visits. These vital mental health services result in improved grades and attendance, fewer disciplinary problems and students who are better able to relate to others in a positive way.
Parental involvement is a critical piece of children’s mental health and academic success. As an enhancement to our school-based mental health services, the Children’s Home + Aid Family Connect program serves students and their families in three Englewood elementary schools. Family Support Specialists mentor students during and after the school day and connect their families to community resources for food, shelter, health care and income assistance. Family Support Specialists lead student and parent groups, including an eight-week life skills group and a monthly parent support group. Both student attendance and parent-teacher communication have improved as a result of the Family Connect program.
For more information on School-Based Mental Health programs, please contact:
- Meg Garey at email@example.com (Bridges Counseling Program, therapists and counselors)
- Dan Anzelone at firstname.lastname@example.org (Family Connect, therapists)
- Stephanie Faulkner at email@example.com (Family Connect, Family Support Specialists)School-Based Mental Health programs and the Family Connect program are offered in the Metropolitan Chicago Region.
- For more information on Children’s Home + Aid’s Community Schools program, please see Community Schools.