Blueprint for Maryland's Future
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
In order to address the Social and Emotional Learning needs of our students, including a focus on trauma, AACPS provides extensive behavioral health services to students. Under the leadership of our Student Services Division, our social workers, counselors, psychologist, pupil personnel workers, and restorative practices coaches provide direct services to students and connected students and families with outside agencies who are most equipped to meet the unique needs of students and their families. Please visit the AACPS Blueprint Reports website to read AACPS’ Behavioral Health Plan. There is additional information in our Report on how AACPS used ESSER funding for behavioral health needs,
Examples of how, AACPS supports the mental health needs of students and families include:
- Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices professional development to all schools.
- 48 Student Services staff members have become certified as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors.
- Implementing the STAR (Screening Teens Access to Recovery) program to students struggling with substance use.
- Enhanced SEL lessons for students in all grades and built in community circle times in all classrooms.