Wyoming Behavioral Institute has been providing quality inpatient child, adolescent and adult psychiatric treatment in Casper since 1996. For more information about our economic impact in Wyoming, click here.
Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education, Carbon County School District No. 1 and Sweetwater County School District No. 1 that will make school-based teletherapy services available to elementary, junior high and high school students. The initiative is part of a SAMHSA Project AWARE grant and will launch in January 2022.
WBI launched teletherapy services for youth in September, making available individual and family therapy and an intensive outpatient program for youth ages 14 to 17.
Major contributors to educational outcomes for children include their mental health and social emotional learning. National data shows that one in five students has a diagnosable mental health disorder and 75% to 80% of students who are in need of mental health services do not receive them. More than two million young people in the United States have an emotional and/or behavioral disability and there are increasingly high numbers of students negatively impacted by adverse childhood experiences. These traumas and stressors can change the beliefs and mindsets of children that interfere with learning and result in negative school experiences.
Students with ongoing untreated mental health issues often need intensive therapeutic supports not available in most classrooms, and families may find it difficult to access services due to income, transportation, work conflicts and the needs of other family members. Provision of mental health services in the school system promotes relationship building between educators and therapeutic teams and improves outcomes because students receive consistent, ongoing treatment.
WBI’s mental health therapists will provide therapy to students referred by schools and will have therapists available for consultation with families and district staff. Therapists also will be available during school breaks. WBI will provide support for healing in which students can develop new skills and learn appropriate methods of self-expression. Our services are intended for youth who have experienced trauma and face lasting mental and emotional effects from it.
WBI serves as central Wyoming’s primary resource for mental health crisis evaluation and inpatient treatment. WBI is uniquely positioned to provide treatment for students experiencing crises, support for students experiencing difficulties with life transitions, identification and early intervention in diagnosable mental health conditions, and family therapy.
Our hospital continues to look for opportunities to develop and implement effective strategies to partner with the State of Wyoming and school districts for early intervention in the mental health issues underlying suicide attempts, self-harming, threats and violence against others, and school failure.
About Wyoming Behavioral Institute
WBI is an 81-bed acute care psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and adults and offers residential treatment for girls ages 10 to 17. For information about teletherapy, visit Outpatient and Telehealth (wbihelp.com), email [email protected] or call 307-431-2139.