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Mental Health Services and Supports

Thomasville City Schools is committed to providing a full continuum of mental health supports and services to the students we serve. Students Pre-K - 8th grade receive daily core social skills instruction through the direct instruction program called Second Step.  Students who need more help, receive supplementary supports through check-in/check-out, extensions of Second Step, and small group social skills building meetings.  If students continue to have further needs, they can be referred to services with one of our community mental health partners.  These mental health agency services are provided on Thomasville City Schools' campuses, to allow more convenient access.  Intake meetings, evaluations, outpatient therapy, and day treatment services are provided to the student during the school day.  
 
Purpose of providing mental health supports is to improve the effectiveness of supports for NC public school students’ mental health and substance use needs, increase academic success and student graduation rates while decreasing behavior issues and drop out rates
 
  • Requirements: – a plan for every NC public school system and charter school to develop/improve a full range of mental health and substance use services, including:
  • (i) universal prevention;
  • (ii) early intervention services; and
  • (iii) referral, treatment, and re-entry support – coordination of mental health and substance use services between schools, families, and community providers
  • mental health and substance use training for school staff 
  • NC Department of Public instruction (NCDPI) support to schools for statewide training, guidance, technical assistance, and materials
 
Thomasville City Schools' staff are trained in Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Practices/Justice, Community Resiliency Model, Second Step Social Skills.