SCDHHS and UofSC team up for youth mental health

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the University of South Carolina to create the School Behavioral Health Academy (SBHA).

The program will prepare teachers and staff of Caroline from the south schools on how to support the mental health of their students.

“The resources announced today will help better support schools as they integrate mental health services into their daily operations; and, along with SCDHHS’ efforts to engage more counselors to provide mental health services in South Carolina schools, support increased access to these vital services for children across the state,” said the director of the SCDHHS, Robby Kerr.

Officials said staff will be trained in creating safe schools, crisis response, scientific approaches to counseling and whole school approaches to preventing mental health and behavioral problems, among many other subjects.

UofSC staff will help mentor and support schools to improve student mental health, through online and in-person classes.

SBHA is supported by a $3.2 million grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).

The SBHA will offer two online school-based behavioral health certificate programs that will include continuing education credits and content tailored to the roles and needs of learners, even those who are not formal mental health providers.

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