Child and Adolescent Clinical Liaison Services
What can a Clinical Liaison do for you?
Child and Adolescent Clinical Liaison Services is a grant-funded support program for children and families throughout West Virginia with mental health issues in need of services within their community. In addition, the Liaison assesses the mental health needs of children currently in DHHR custody and placed out-of-state. By conducting these clinical reviews, the Liaison is able to ensure all mental health needs are being met or if in-state placement would better suit the child’s needs.
What can a Clinical Liaison do for the community?
Through a state-run Service Array Process, the Liaison determines accessibility and current capacity for a community to meet the needs of the children in that area with mental health issues. If adequate services are not provided, the Liaison works with the local Family Resource Centers to develop needed services, promote community awareness, and provide training and education for mental health professionals.
To learn more about the Child and Adolescent Clinical Liaison or to employ services, please contact the United Summit Center at 1-800-SUMMIT-0 or 1-800-786648-0.
SCHOOL-BASED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
What is School-Based Behavioral Health?
This program is designed to give students the opportunity to speak with a behavioral health professional in the familiarity of their school environment through group and individual meetings during the school-day. As part of the meetings, students will participate in various activities and discussions in order to identify emotional disturbances and challenging behaviors that interfere with their social, emotional, and academic development. With group and individual therapy, children will be able to recognize different thoughts and feelings and how they influence their behaviors and learn to express themselves appropriately.
Why in Schools?
United Summit Center and schools in North Central West Virginia are partnering up to offer a new and innovative service to the students in the region. Traditionally, behavioral health services for youth have only been offered at mental health centers and subject to various time constraints and transportation issues. By providing services during the school-day, we are able to effectively interact with children while teaching new skills and strategies to cope with and resolve problems and conflicts without interfering with family-time or extra-curricular activities through the School-Based Behavioral Health Program.
Who will benefit?
Children who would benefit from this service may have a tendency to act out, become aggressive, be defiant, withdraw, and express depressive symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or persistent sadness or anxiety. Through this partnership with the schools, we can provide early intervention and guidance in lessening disruptive behaviors and emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, bullying, and self-esteem issues which negatively impact the classroom environment and the child’s ability to actively participate in his or her education.
How to participate
To become enrolled in the School-Based Behavioral Health Program please contact the United Summit Center directly at 1-800-SUMMIT-0 (1-800-786648-0) or speak with your school administration and guidance counselor(s).