Three Schools in North Carolina Expand Student Mental Health Services as Part of National Caring for Kids Program

Expanding Buncombe County's school-based mental health services

The Buncombe County Health Center expanded mental health services at three school-based health centers in Buncombe County, N.C.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.

It was a site in a grant program run by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, called Caring for Kids: Expanding Dental and Mental Health Services through School-Based Health Centers.

Key Results

  • 1,540 students at Asheville High School, Asheville Middle School and Erwin Middle School in Buncombe County had 5,891 mental health visits for individual, family and group counseling from February 2002 to June 2005.

  • Licensed clinical social workers performed health behavior assessments on 100 percent of students referred for mental health services. These assessments included treatment plans, referrals for services such as substance abuse treatment and follow-up.

  • Most students treated for depression and/or anxiety showed evidence of compliance with the treatment plan and decreased symptoms/improved functioning, as measured by clinic staff through standardized assessment tools.

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