Research and Evidence Based Programs and Services

  • The following programs are currently being implemented for the purpose of reducing the likelihood of at risk students developing social, emotional, or behavioral health problems, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal tendencies, or substance use disorders.

    • Signs of Suicide - (Tier 1) for middle and high school.  A research based program implemented by Charlotte Behavioral Health Center (CBHC).  School based mental health personnel, will follow-up with students who need additional on-going counseling services which includes coordination of additional mental health services with CBHC.  
    • School wide PBIS programs - (Tier 1) implemented district wide
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs including but not limited to: (Tier 1) Sanford Harmony, The Leader in Me, etc... 
    • Life Skills Training - (Tier 1 or Tier 2) program provided by Drug Free Charlotte County 
    • Check In Check Out - (Tier 2) program coordinated by TST teams
    • Restorative Justice strategies, including Circles and Peer Mediation - (Tier 2) programs coordinated by trained staff at selected school sites
    • Behavior contracts - (Tier 2) intervention coordinated by school staff
    • Check and Connect - (Tier 2 or Tier 3) program coordinated by school social workers
    • CINS-FINS - (Tier 3) interventions coordinated by Lutheran Services Fl. and school social workers
    • Strengthening Families - (Tier 3) program provided by Drug Free Charlotte County
    • SOS (Student Outreach Services) - (Tier 3) Substance Abuse assessment and treatment services tailored to the individual student by a licensed mental health counselor. Program services are provided by Charlotte Behavioral Health Center (CBHC)

    Evidence based mental health treatment services will include but not be limited to the following:

    Psychiatric and Mental Health Consultations - school based certified mental health professionals (LCSW) and school psychologists will work to identify students with mental health diagnoses including those who are exhibiting warning signs of mental health issues, and coordinated with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to diagnose and provide "health care plans" to provide ongoing mental health support and counseling for these students.  This includes possible medication management if so determined by the medical professionals at CBHC.

    Onsite Mental Health Care/Treatment - will be provided for targeted students attending the Academy or Charlotte Harbor Center schools by a contracted CBHC Mental Health Therapist.  The therapist will provide individual and group counseling to students who have mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses.  The Mental Health Therapist will coordinate treatment and safety plans with the school social worker to assure continuity of care. 

    School based mental health counseling and support - school social workers, counselors and psychologists may provide short term counseling, case-management, and supportive services to identified students.