Mental Health

Educationally Related Mental Health Services

Educationally Related 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.

Service Delivery

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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.