Delaware Department of Education and the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (formerly Child Mental Health) have partnered through a Federal Grant to assist teachers, parents, and other professionals in understanding mental health and substance abuse issues and obtaining help for children.
This web site has a set of resources to help school staff and parents identify and refer students in need of mental health and substance abuse services. It provides information to help understand when a referral is appropriate, what some symptoms might be, what can be tried before a referral is made, and how to facilitate the decision and referral process.
How can it be used?
A parent or teacher may have asked a school nurse, family crisis therapist, counselor or other staff or mental health professional for help because the child may not be responding to classroom interventions or a school screening program may have identified a child who may profit from formal mental health or substance abuse treatment. This web site can help you identify where to go for that extra help.
Listed below in sequential order are some of the resources that can assist you in decision making
- Warning signs/If you think a child needs help
- Mental Health Services Glossary
- Mental Health Disorders and Videos
- Family Psycho-Educational Manual/Web site
- School Based Services
- How to Access Mental Health and Substance Abuse Providers
- Insurance Information
- Medicaid Information
- Participating in Counseling with Your Child
- Child Mental Health Advocacy
- Stress Reduction
- Transition to Schools
Keep in mind that mental health and substance abuse disorders can only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional. Ask a child's physician to evaluate for possible physical causes for concerning symptoms prior to making a mental health referral. This site is intended for informational purposes only.
Please email, fax or call Dennis Rozumalski, Education Associate, Student Services and Special Populations at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 302-735-4273 Fax 302-739-6397 if you have questions or feedback about the site.