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Connecting with Care - an OverviewA Community-School Partnership to Promote Mental Health Supports for Children and Families

Connecting With Care (CWC) brings mental health services into the schools Dorchester and Roxbury in order to help children and families cope with emotional challenges, particularly in the face of trauma and violent crime in their neighborhood.  In concert with neighborhood efforts, CWC links partner schools in this area with a collaboration of specially designed mental health services that support students, families, and school. 

CWC is a comprehensive school-based, community-driven mental health partnership that overcomes barriers to mental health treatment for children and families at participating Boston schools and communites of Dorchester and Roxbury.  Led by the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, Connecting With Care is a partnership with the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, Children’s Hospital Boston, The Home for Little Wanderers, Family Service of Greater Boston, and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).  We work closely with the Boston Public Schools and all of the CWC partner schools.

The CWC model integrates clinical supports into the fabric of each school so that children, families, and the school benefit from the social/emotional expertise of a mental health professional that works side by side with teachers to support children’s success.  In addition, CWC addresses other barriers to care through our centralized Evening Family Clinic at the Frederick School.  CWC clinicians bring cultural competency to their work with the diverse populations who attend the CWC schools.

Connecting With Care provides a range of mental health and emotional supports to children and families, with a special focus on traumatic stress symptoms and issues of trauma through the Trauma Systems Therapy treatment model.  CWC services are delivered by full-time, Master’s-level mental health professionals, placed at each CWC school by our partner agencies and coordinated by AIP.  Clinicians treat children in the school during the school day and meet with families at the centralized CWC Evening Family Clinic at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. 

As a demonstration project, CWC directly addresses the financial, policy, system, and treatment barriers that have stymied other efforts to infuse schools with mental health services.

Connecting With Care

System Reform Elements

CWC demonstrates reforms in four important policy arenas related to children’s mental health and school-based services:

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Finance –

System of finance for children’s mental health

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Access –

 Access to mental health care

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Stigma –

 Stigmatization of mental health

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Trauma –

 Trauma treatment

For more information about Connecting With Care:

The Model

Who is it for?

Partners CWC Information

or contact the CWC Program Director


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