Behavioral Health Services
Educationally mental health services (ERMHS) fall under the federal special education law (IDEA of 2004), where children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) with the assistance of related services.
One of the related services available to assist the student benefitting from his or her academic environment is educationally based mental health.
As a part of the Bakersfield City School District’s (BCSD) Special Education Division, the Behavioral Health Services Center provides ERMHS. Offering ERMHS improves the quality of service and creates an educational environment with full collaboration and support for the students with exceptional needs.
Services are provided in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Center’s staff, the school staff, and other professionals. The Behavioral Health Services Program works closely with the school sites and parents/ guardians to meet the specific goals of our special education students.
The Behavioral Health Services Center participates in assessment and Individualized Education Treatment Plans. The Behavioral Health staff provides school site social skills groups, individual therapy, home-based support, and interventions to assist the student in stabilization in his or her educational placement.
Also, the program is very sensitive to keeping students in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and provide them Inclusion and Mainstreaming opportunities.