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Mental Health Clinics Coming to Several BK Public Schools

Nine Brooklyn public schools will open school-based mental health clinics to help students cope with a variety of issues.
Minority Mental Health, BK Reader
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals on Wednesday announced the opening of 16 school-based mental health clinics in New York City public schools over the next six months to serve over 6,000 students across central Brooklyn and the Bronx.

The clinics will offer students access to individual, family and group therapy, with connections to outpatient clinics and telehealth services as needed, according to a news release.

Additionally, teachers and school staff will have access to mental health clinic staff for consultation, training and workshops to ensure students are appropriately supported and referred to care.

Schools will also receive support so they can respond to mental health crises without contacting 911 unnecessarily and avoid needless emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

The 16 new satellite clinics build on the five existing mental health clinics that NYC Health + Hospitals already utilizes in the city’s public schools, the news release said.

“The stress, isolation, and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed mental health to the forefront of the conversation for so many of us,” said Mayor Adams. “By investing in student mental health and delivering services right where young people need them most — in our public schools — we are building upstream solutions that will help us build a healthier city.”

The new school clinics in Brooklyn are:

  • All City Leadership Secondary School
  • Brighter Choice Community School
  • Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration
  • Kappa V: Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy
  • MS K394
  • Parkside Preparatory Academy
  • PS 041 Francis White
  • PS/IS 384 Frances E Carter
  • The Brooklyn Green School