Behavioral health

We Are Seeking Project Participants!

Interested in being considered? 

Read about this important opportunity below and reach out to project manager Lisa  for more information 


About this SBHC Behavioral Health Project

We are pleased to announce the start of a new grant-funded project to support behavioral health services in school-based health centers throughout New York State.  The program will be offered over a 2-year period beginning this January, with 10 sponsoring organizations enrolled each year to receive individualized technical assistance, group trainings and peer sharing on topics of identified interest, and a $5,000 stipend to help fund a project of each organization's choosing. 


We are very excited that Scott Bloom, LCSW, will be advising the program and providing training and technical assistance as our subject matter expert. Our New York City members know Scott as the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for . the New York City Department of Education where he served for 15 years, facilitating partnerships with non-profit organizations and implementing mental health initiatives in over 1,800 city schools.


Mr. Bloom has spent his 31-year career at the intersection of mental health, communities, and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating these programs, creating opportunities for children and youth to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to academic achievement.


The goal of this new behavioral health technical assistance program is to enhance New York’s school-based health centers' (SBHCs') capacity to meet the new wave of need resulting from students' experiences of the COVID pandemic. The program will be designed to strengthen the SBHCs' capabilities, systems and processes through which they deliver behavioral health services and to assure the SBHCs play an integral and coordinated role now and into the future.


The training and technical assistance will support SBHCs in establishing a three-tier service system for their school populations, as follows:

Tier 1. Prevention and universal needs

Tier 2. Outreach to targeted populations

Tier 3. Identification and immediate intervention for students with intensive needs, with special emphasis on suicide prevention among adolescents

Each tier poses unique challenges for SBHCs that operate within school communities, necessitating relationship building and coordination of services with school staff and leadership, as well as with external providers of behavioral health and other needed services.  This technical assistance program will help navigate these challenges by sharing best practices through consultations with Mr. Bloom, education sessions, and peer learning opportunities.


Watch the recording from our introductory webinar held December 14 here















or download slides here.


Email Lisa Perry, our project manager, at for more information.