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    SPS is designing a new approach to help youth address barriers to accessing their education
    Posted on 10/12/2016

    Academic Achievement, Behavioral Skill Development, Social-Emotional Well-being: Coordinated Intervention

    For the last three years, Seattle Public Schools has been working on developing a new approach to help students with challenging behaviors that are impacting their ability to reach their full academic potential. In the summer of 2016, Seattle Public Schools began to serve a small group of late elementary and middle school students in a temporary contract with a local agency that has experience providing similar services in Oakland, California. The services have continued into the school year.
    The model implemented by the current agency consists of a team of academic, mental health, and behavioral specialists who work in tandem with students, families, and district schools. They develop a holistic understanding of each participating youth. As the strengths and needs of each student are assessed, individualized interventions are designed that promote students' academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development. These services are designed so that the student enters or returns to his or her home school within 3 months.
    A public RFQ (Request for Qualifications) process began in August 2016 requesting qualified agencies to apply to provide these services to students who are identified as requiring therapeutic day treatment services. The term of these contracts will extend from late October through August 2017.