Stamford adds onsite healthcare to 3 more elementary schools

STAMFORD — Stamford Public Schools added behavioral health services to three more elementary schools, increasing the percentage of elementary schools offering such in-house clinical support to more than half.

In her weekly message to the community, Stamford Superintendent Tamu Lucero said Newfield Elementary School, Toquam Magnet Elementary School and Strawberry Hill School will provide behavioral health services through medical provider community health centers.

“These behavioral health services include individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling and crisis intervention,” she wrote in her message.

Lucero also included the Anchor program on the list of schools to receive the service through CHC, but Jane Hylan, the director of the organization’s school-based health service, said it was tentative.

Hylan said Anchor, which cares for struggling middle and high school students, had plans to add behavioral health care, medical and dental services to the site. But the school district administration has decided to add in-house behavioral health services, Hylan said, with the idea that CHC could be called in if additional support is needed.

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Behavioral services are not yet live at any of the three schools, Hylan said. The biggest challenge is hiring staff, she said, due to a shortage of doctors.

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