Supporting Youth in School and College
Project TEACH: Connecting Primary Care with Child Psychiatry
Primary care physicians (PCPs) such as pediatricians and family practice doctors are often the first place families go to seek help or information about emotional or behavioral concerns with their children. PCPs provide mental health support and can prescribe medications, but they may not have access to consultation or the training needed to make decisions for children with mental health needs.
Project TEACH provides rapid consultation, education and training, and referral/ linkage services to pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) statewide who provide care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. Additionally, other prescribers who are providing ongoing treatment to children, such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, General Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, may request a second opinion through consultation.
Parents and families are encouraged to share information about Project TEACH with their pediatrician and/or PCPs.
NAMI Basics is a free six session 2.5 hours educational program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have behavioral issues, un-diagnosed emotional issues, ADHD, ODD, OCD, DMDD, have developed symptoms of mental illness (brain disorder), or have been diagnosed with a mental illness. This class is taught by trained teachers who themselves are the parent or caregiver of an individual who developed symptoms of mental illness prior to age 13 diagnosed or un-diagnosed. Participants learn how to best support their child at home, at school, and when they are receiving medical care. The program covers: the impact of illness on family, biology, treatment options, overview of the systems available, communications & problem solving skills, crisis planning, latest research and much more.
Last year, 99% of participants would recommend the program to other parents and caregivers.
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NYS Special Education Parent Centers
Youth with mental health challenges often struggle with academics, and social and behavioral problems in the school environment, creating a tendency to avoid school – both for students and caregivers. However, it is best for schools and caregivers to work together to support students. Below are some resources and tips for building a strong school-family partnership.
There are 14 NYS Special Education Parent Centers across the state to prepare caregivers with the support, information and resources needed to advocate for their child’s educational needs.
Preparing Youth with Mental Health Disorders for College
The transition from high school to college can be stressful for most students but this transition presents unique challenges for students with psychiatric disabilities. BestColleges.com provides students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. Their free “Guide to College Planning for Psychiatrically Impaired Students” is an excellent source of information in a concise and user-friendly format. It includes apps to help students manage symptoms; wellness strategies; ways to access support on and off campus; strategies for how to approach professors and secure necessary accommodations for classes, assignments; and practical suggestions for campus involvement seem. In addition, the guide identifies financial scholarships that are available to students with psychiatric disabilities.
For students enrolled in an online education program, thebestschools.org offers, “Mental Health Resources for Online College Students“, as well as a number of other resources for learning accommodations.