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County Executive Announces Expanded Counseling Services at Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:17 AM

In order to meet increased demand, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced the first week of expanded hours for the Children’s Mental Health Clinic at Berne-Knox-Westerlo Secondary School, serving Pre-K through 12th Grade students. Outpatient clinical services in the form of individual and family psychotherapy will now be available Monday’s and Tuesdays throughout the year.

“I’m proud to kick off the New Year continuing two important policy objectives of my administration: Expanding services to our rural communities in the Hilltowns and improving access to mental health care that has long been overlooked,” said County Executive McCoy. “This week marks a doubling of the hours that we will have a Licensed Social Worker at BKW. By building this clinic into the natural school environment, we are reducing the stigma of getting help and making it more convenient for students and hardworking families alike.”

The Children’s Mental Health Clinic was first created by County Executive McCoy through the County Department for Children, Youth and Families in October of 2016. Since then there has been a large number of referrals, leading to a waiting list for children and families dealing with behavioral and emotional issues.

As a school district, there has been an increase in cases of self-harm and suicidal ideation, highlighting the need to offer more hours of mental health services. Offering care this way has been shown to increase the likelihood of early identification of problems and more consistent treatment.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy