Depending on the severity of symptoms a child experiences, he or she may require a variety of accommodations and/or interventions in the school setting, as well as in the home. Funding and eligibility for various services may depend on whether or not a child is in special education and covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), although the majority of schools will make some level of mental health services available to all students.
Interventions to minimize educational disruption might include:
• Mental health services delivered within the school setting
(school psychologist, counselor, social workers, nurses, aides)
• School-funded services, in which the school system hires professional staff to provide mental health services
• Administration of medication by the school nurse
• Integrated educational plans that include recommendations from outside behavioral health providers, parents, and the child, as well as from within the school
• Classroom accommodations with tailored assignments, activities, etc.