School-Based Behavioral Health | Valley Cares

School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, behavior problems, ADHD, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children. Although 53.5 percent of children aged through to 17 with behavior disorders receive treatment, nearly half of the 4.5 million children with behavioral health symptoms do not. While focusing on all mental health disorders, up to 60 percent of students do not get the treatment they need because of the associated stigma and a lack of access to services.

The consequences of untreated mental health and behavioral disorders are profound, resulting in poor academic outcomes, substance abuse and unemployment later in life.

Since mentally healthy children are more successful in both school and life, increasing access benefits students, their family members, and the community. That is why Valley Behavioral Health has developed a flexible and convenient in-school program.

What Is SBBH?

SBBH stands for school-based behavioral health. The mission is to provide children and youth the help they need to thrive.

According to the School-Based Health Alliance, as many as 70 percent of children who receive mental health services, do so at school. Children often view their school environment as a place of security and protection, encouraging them to seek care.

Valley Behavioral Health partners with several school districts in the Salt Lake Valley to provide in-school therapy services. We understand the power that our services have, especially among children who would have otherwise received no treatment. This also helps build a school culture where both teachers and students recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions.

Our goal is to break down common barriers associated with therapy within a clinic setting. That is why we bring evidence-based approaches to school environments. Placing therapists in schools makes therapy easy to access for children and their families, encouraging therapeutic relationship building, as well as the development of problem-solving and coping skills.

Our in-school therapists are all fully licensed and can provide assistance with everything from depression and anxiety to problems associated with school performance and compliance. We can offer both individual and family therapy in schools, ensuring that everyone receives the support they need to ensure a healthier family unit.

How Can SBBH Help?

SBBH can help address the mental health needs of children and youth who have difficulty accessing traditional outpatient services. Issues we assist with include depression, anxiety, substance use and disruptive behaviors present at both home and school.

Valley’s School-Based Behavioral Health Services offer:

  • Child and family behavioral health services conveniently located at various schools in Salt Lake county.
  • Flexible and convenient scheduling.
  • Behavioral health assessment, individual and family therapy, prevention and intervention services, therapeutic relationship building, an development of problem-solving and coping skills.
  • Behavioral health advocates who work closely with the school team to support children’s needs
  • School-based Behavioral services are located in various schools in Salt Lake county. Please contact us to see which schools participate.

How to Get Started

Parents can request services at school and students can also request services themselves. Schools may also refer a youth to services.

The Schools We Partner With

Currently, we offer our school-based behavioral health services at Hunter High, Kearns Jr. High, Riley Elementary, Newman Elementary, Midvale Middle School, Glendale Middle School and Rose Park Elementary.

How to Enroll

To enroll in our school-based behavioral health program, parents, children or teachers can all request our services.

What Are the Requirements to Get into the Program or Treatment?

There are no requirements. Those in need of treatment must simply request access to the program.

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