CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: OFFICE OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (OSEL), OFFICE OF DIVERSE LEARNER SUPPORT SERVICES (ODLSS), NETWORK OFFICES

The Center for Childhood Resilience has been engaged in workforce development, consulting, and evaluating the effectiveness of delivering mental health services through a public health model for school-community collaboration with CPS for over seven years. While leading the way in refining and implementing this model over the past decade, CCR has emphasized the need for embedding evidence-based practices within the MTSS framework. 

Many students with mental health needs receive services through school-based intervention. This reality has made schools the de facto mental health provider for children.  Consistent with the recommendations of the School Discipline Consensus Report (Morgan, Salomon, Plotkin, & Cohen, 2014), CCR partnered with Chicago Public Schools in building Behavioral Health Teams: a school-based group of multi-disciplinary school staff that address the needs of at-risk students, including coordinating services, developing a system of accountability, building on and maximizing existing resources, and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. CCR has served as national trainers for these evidence-based treatments, training hundreds of CPS support staff in Anger Coping ,Think First (anger management), Bounce Back and CBITS. CCR has also brought a trauma lens to the district, aiding in making them a leader in trauma-informed education.