SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, January 30, 2019 – Harrington’s Child and Family Services, which offers comprehensive outpatient counseling and medication management for school-aged children, has reached a partnership agreement with The Woodstock Academy, an independent high school located in Woodstock, CT, for students grades 9–13.
The collaborative program will allow students and families within The Woodstock Academy’s population to access services during the school day, including appointments with social workers who are trained to help navigate emotional and behavioral challenges.
“We are very excited to partner with Harrington Child & Family Services to provide another resource to those students who choose to attend The Academy,” said Christopher Sandford, Head of School at The Academy. “At The Academy, we support a coordinated care approach when working with students, which means partnering with community services, families and our school staff to ensure the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of our students. Our mission as an institution aligns with the overall mission of Harrington and we are honored to be partnering with them.”
Bobbie-Jo Saucier, Director of Health Services at The Academy, stated, “There has been significant evidence which shows how mental health shapes academic outcomes, behavior, and the school environment. We look forward to the partnership with Harrington and how we can continue to offer the best services to meet the needs of our students and the mission of The Academy.”
Harrington’s Child & Family program offers school-based services in many of its surrounding Massachusetts school districts including, Southbridge, Tantasqua, Dudley/Charlton and Spencer. Harrington has also recently established relationships with several other Connecticut-based school programs that will be starting in 2019.
“Our school-based therapy program is a unique approach to offering support services for students in our local communities,” said Director of Mental Health Katie Adams, LICSW. “We provide flexible availability during daytime hours and eliminate the need for parents to miss time out of work or make after-hours appointments. Offering school-based services mean kids are more likely to get the services they need when they need them, and we are really excited to partner with The Woodstock Academy in this way.”
The Woodstock Academy currently enrolls about 1,100 students from several towns in northeastern Connecticut including Woodstock, Eastford, Canterbury, Pomfret, Union, and Brooklyn. Because of their boarding program, they have students from 21 different countries and 13 states who attend the independent secondary school.
Harrington’s Department of Mental Health offers an experienced clinical team who specialize in working with adults as well as children and their families who may be experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. Services include; school-based therapy, family therapy, medication management, parent support groups, intake evaluations and more. Outpatient offices are located in Dudley, Charlton and Southbridge, MA and Putnam, CT.
For more information, call 508-765-2222.