Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Natrona County School District (NCSD) that will make school-based therapy services available to locally enrolled elementary, junior high and high school students.
For several years, WBI has partnered with NCSD to offer Foundations for Success, a kindergarten-second grade classroom for children who need significant mental health services and support in order to stay in school. Students participate in individual and group therapy in the Foundations classroom and most students successfully stay at home and in school in the least restrictive environment. More than 100 students have progressed through the Foundations for Success program.
This year WBI’s services will include school-based therapy for referred students who can benefit from individual counseling. Highly skilled therapists will be available in the schools, under a new agreement between WBI and NCSD. WBI will make available 8,000 hours of direct service time.
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 will imbed mental health therapists in the schools and will have therapists available for consultation. Therapists also will be available during school breaks. Outpatient psychiatric nurse practitioner evaluations can be provided at schools or in a clinic setting. 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 District 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 85-bed acute care psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and adults and offers residential treatment for adolescents. For more information about WBI’s programs and services, visit wbihelp.com. Free, confidential level of care assessments are available 24/7 by calling 800-457-9312.