Mental Health & Behavior Support Services

  • The Mental Health and Behavior Support Services department has developed a consultation, supports and intervention approach that focuses on the intersection of supportive, positive learning environments and social-emotional and behavioral health. It also focuses on the need to support the capacity building of all school community members to help children of all backgrounds and histories to learn and grow safely. MH-BSS works to build the capacity of school and district level staff to create a cohesive and responsive system that can address children’s responses to trauma, social-emotional and behavioral issues, in a preventative way that is equitable, non-shaming, and supportive towards learning and student success. MH-BSS strives to incorporate trauma-informed practices and positive behavioral interventions and supports into the school culture to strengthen all components of a safe and healthy school environment supporting school-site leadership, teachers, staff, students, and families. 

    Through research and years of community practice, we know that children experiencing early adversity, issues with social-emotional development and onset of mental health illnesses have increased barriers to accessing education and difficulty on a child’s ability to learn and thrive. Stockton Unified School District’s efforts to create learning environments that are safe, nurturing, consistent and that work for all students included the development of the Mental Health and Behavior Support Services (MH-BSS) Department on July 1, 2018. The supports, services, and programs offered through MH-BSS help promote the healthy social-emotional development of all students and address behavioral and mental health-related barriers to learning. MH-BSS strives to incorporate trauma-informed practices and positive behavioral interventions and supports into the school culture to strengthen all components of a welcoming, safe and healthy school environment supporting school-site leadership, teachers, staff, students, and families. 

    MH-BSS has developed a consultation, supports and intervention approach that focuses on the intersection of supportive, positive learning environments and social-emotional and behavioral health. It also focuses on the need to support the capacity building of all school community members to help children of all backgrounds and histories to learn and grow safely. 

    Our department provides training and coaching on the impact of trauma on behavior and learning, mental health, classroom management, and positive behavior interventions and supports in which specific strategies are identified for supporting students’ wellness and learning needs. These pieces of training are offered to educators, support staff, service providers, district-level staff and families to build capacity, awareness, and skills related to the impacts of trauma and to trauma-informed practices, and safe, productive classroom environments. They are designed to help staff create classroom structure and predictability as well as interventions that are less punitive and more restorative with students struggling with behavioral challenges. Staff is coached to address behaviors in a preventative way that is equitable, non-shaming, and supportive towards learning and student success. Additionally, the staff is encouraged to recognize their own frustrations and impatience, which will ultimately give them more empathy for themselves and the students. This growth of internal awareness is meant to help staff re-shape their interpersonal engagement and classroom management skills.

    Overall, MH-BSS works to build the capacity of school and district level staff to create a cohesive and responsive system that can address children’s responses to trauma, social-emotional and behavioral issues, in a preventative way that is equitable, non-shaming, and supportive towards learning and student success.

    MH-BSS provides supports and interventions to help students build coping skills, build resiliency and work to help families feel more engaged through the following: School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMHS) and Behavior Support Services (BSS) serving all students, Educationally-Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) serving students receiving Special Education services, and partnerships with community-based agencies.

Contact

  • Mary Jo Cowan
    Interim Assistant Superintendent
    (209) 933-7115 ext. 2747

    Karen Coleman LCSW #17815
    Director, Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 2536

    Cari Chavez 
    Adminstrator, Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 2529

    Jeanette Gogna
    Program Technician
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 7124

    Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    1141 Lever Blvd
    Stockton, CA 95206

    On-Call Mental Health Clinician

    (209) 662-5666