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Behavioral Health

“Addressing the Needs of The Whole Child”

Last year, Colonial became the first district in Delaware to establish a Division of Behavioral Health. We created the division to support Colonial’s mission to provide Access and Opportunity and to ensure that the mental and physical health of our students and their caregivers is addressed with the same level of attention and concern as our students’ academic and cognitive achievement.

During this time of remote learning because of COVID-19, this mission is more important than ever. We are focusing on three areas:

  1. Ensuring the continuity of services for students by
    1. Addressing the social-emotional wellbeing of students by keeping students connected with their School Counselors
    2. Addressing the physical well-being of students by keeping students connected with their School Nurses
    3. Addressing the engagement of students by working with our Attendance Team to reach out to students who are having difficulty connecting with remote learning
    4. Addressing the needs of the whole child by keeping students connected to support services, such as the School Wellness Centers
  2. Providing for the self-care needs of staff by
    1. Developing and distributing the Colonial Staff Self-Care Resource Series
  3. Providing encouragement and support for families by
    1. Developing and distributing the Colonial Student and Family Wellness Resource Series

I hope that you find the information on this site helpful. Please reach out to me with your ideas and feedback about how we can work together to keep Colonial Nation strong!

Jon M. Cooper, EdD
Director
Division of Behavioral Health
Jon.Cooper@colonial.k12.de.us

“Ensuring Continuity of Services for Students”

School Counselors
  • Addressing the social-emotional well being of students
    • Suicide Risk Assessment Process
      • Reporting and following up on new cases
      • Following up on pre-COVID-19 cases
    • Following up with teacher-reported concerns about students
    • Continuing small group sessions (i.e., lunch bunch)
    • Providing regularly-scheduled office hours for students, families and staff
School Nurses
  • Addressing the physical well-being of students
  • Providing check-ins and resources for students who have chronic medical needs
  • Providing checks ins and resources for students and families who have experienced food insecurity
  • Providing regularly-scheduled office hours for students, families and staff
  • School Nurse Schedules PK-12
Attendance Team (i.e., Visiting Teacher and McKinney Vento Coordinator)
  • Addressing the engagement  of students
  • Assisting school teams in connecting with students who are not actively participating in remote learning
  • Assisting with device and meal deployment
  • Coordinating resources (i.e. technology/instructional packets) to support students receiving educational services in an outside agency 
  • Providing flexible supports to students, families and staff
Outside Agency Coordination
  1. Addressing the needs of the whole child
    1. Wellness Centers
      1. Elementary (Life Health Center)
        Continuing to Telehealth and Teletherapy Individual Sessions for students as well as “Social Services Navigation” for parents/guardians
      2. High School (Christiana Care)
        Continuing to offer Telehealth and Teletherapy Individual Sessions as well as Reproductive Health Services for Students
    2. Family Crisis Therapists (Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families)
      1. Maintaining contact with caseload/families via telephone and email
      2. Supporting families to to obtain needed resources
      3. Helping families locate free online activities for their children
    3. Behavioral Health Counselors (Children and Families First)
      1. Offering regularly scheduled office hours for students and/or families
      2. Providing group sessions to support needs of students (lunch bunch, etc)
      3. Providing individual check ins and sessions to meet the individual needs of students
    4. Bilingual Mental Health Services (Hispanic Personal Development)
      1. Continuing to provide bilingual counseling services through phone or telehealth services
      2. Providing treatment homework
      3. Providing support to school staff in connecting with Spanish-speaking families
      4. Providing resources to families
    5. Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc (DAPI)
      1. Offering virtual services to new and expecting parents at Wallin and William Penn
      2. Connecting new parents (students) to resources
    6. Private Practice Mental Health (Center for Child Development)
      1. Continuing to provide individual telehealth counseling services to students
      2. Offering telehealth counseling to all staff
    7. Psychiatric Services (MeadowWood and Rockford)
      1. Collaboration with LearnWell to ensure access instruction along with emotional supports for students receiving in0-patient services

“Providing for the Self-Care Needs of Staff”

Employee-Specific Resources
Providing access to resources that empower employees to practice self care through the use of technology, individual counseling and information from outside sources. 

 

Providing Encouragement and Support for Families

  • ”Colonial Student and Family Wellness Resource Series” distributed weekly via Colonial Clippings Special Edition* on Tuesdays (Past issues of Colonial Clippings Special Edition are posted on the Colonial website: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/coronavirus-information/)
  • COVID-19 specific topics for families include the following: