The Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM) is a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) designed to promote students' social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing. It is run by the Behavioral Health Services department of the Boston Public Schools (BPS).
We are comprised of 107 school psychologists & pupil adjustment counselors/school social workers. Together, we support all Boston Public Schools (BPS) to provide student-level services (e.g. counseling & interventions) and systems-level services (e.g. climate team facilitation).
Within BPS schools, we are hard at work providing direct individual student services like counseling and assessment. We also support schools by facilitating and/or participating in important school teams (e.g. student support team, climate team).
Our department is an integral part of the district crisis team, responsible for supporting school communities following large impact crises. We also work closely with various partners to strengthen behavioral health supports available to our students & schools.
Our department was awarded the NASP Excellence in School Psychological Services Proficiency Award, given to districts that provide evidence of a solid foundation in the implementation of a system-wide and sustainable infrastructure to support students' behavioral health.
We provide parents with a wide range of resources, including counseling, educational materials, and support groups, to help them navigate and support their child's mental health and emotional needs effectively.
We offer school staff a comprehensive set of resources, including training and consultation services to enhance their ability to identify, support, and address the mental health needs of students within the school environment.