State Representative Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced that Woodlynde School in Chester County has received $136,370 in state funding to address student mental health needs.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago, we have seen an increase in mental health needs among students of all ages,” Shusterman said. “Our children desperately need help. It is essential that our schools be resourced to meet these needs. I am proud to see this funding granted to the Woodlynde School.
Woodlynde School plans to use the funding to hire a trained social-emotional mental health specialist and to provide coaching professional development to colleagues to support and develop their comprehensive social-emotional learning program, processes data collection, counseling services and behavioral guidance program. .
It will also be used to hire a fellow teacher who has experience in counselling, social-emotional learning, emotional support and/or behavior analysis and to provide team support to further the efforts of the teacher. school in a comprehensive social-emotional learning model. and support in K-12 grades.
The funding will create a resource bank and shared view of social-emotional supports in each classroom and content area and expand the school’s behavioral orientation program and data collection procedures to meet the emotional needs of their population with an evidence-based behavioral intervention. plans.
The grant is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. The funding is intended to be used to advance programs and practices that address youth mental health wellbeing in their local communities and/or schools.