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A School-Based Mental Health Program. Presented by: Jennifer Fonseca. Purpose. To evaluate the availability and the needs of a school-based mental health program in two inner-city Chicago schools. Research Question.

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a school based mental health program

A School-Based Mental Health Program

Presented by: Jennifer Fonseca

  • To evaluate the availability and the needs of a school-based mental health program in two inner-city Chicago schools.
research question
Research Question
  • What are the availabilities and the needs of a school-based mental health program as perceived by the school mental health center staff?
  • Two Urban Elementary Schools

-Henry Suder Elementary School

-Smyth Joyner Elementary School

  • Both located on the Near West Side of Chicago
  • Each surrounded by public housing

-Henry Horner Housing Development

-ABLA Public Housing

  • Henry Suder Elementary School Staff
  • Smyth Joyner Elementary School Staff
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Staff
what is the stars program
What is the STARS program?
  • Student Therapeutic Activities and Resources Services (STARS)
  • Helps child talk about fears, worries, and issues that might be causing trouble in school, getting along with others, and following rules
available services provided by the stars program
Available Services Provided by the STARS Program
  • Individual student counseling
  • Class room observations
  • Individual talk sessions
  • Family counseling
  • Guidance counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • A survey tool was used to guide a face-to-face interview with 10 staff members from the mental health program
  • Open-ended and close-ended questions were organized
  • Data was analyzed by using simple descriptive statistics
  • Faculty and staff are very familiar with the STARS program
  • Faculty and staff have had children who have shown behavioral problems in their classrooms
  • Most of the faculty and staff at the schools are off during summer
  • Some faculty only taught during the summer and were not very familiar with the program
  • The mental health program (STARS) is fairly new
  • Time mental health program has been in schools

- 2 years

  • Contributing factors causing children to show behavioral problems in classroom

-Limited Community -Excessive Television

Resources (70%) Watching (90%)

-Lack of Parental -Genetics (50%)

Supervision (100%) -Exposure to Neighborhood

-Poor Nutrition (70%) Violence (90%)

-Other (50%)

results cont d
Results (cont’d)
  • Behavioral concerns of children in the classroom

-Difficulty Sustaining -Leaves seat in classroom when

Tasks (90%) told not to (70%)

-Does not seem to listen -Talks excessively (70%)

when spoken to (50%) -Blurts out answers (80%)

-Does not follow -Other (20%)

instructions (60%)

  • Average amount of teachers who have had a child or children participate in the program at these schools

- 70 %

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Results (cont’d)
  • Behavioral changes in children who have participated in the program

-Great Improvement Overall ( 70%)

-Others did not answer

  • As perceived by faculty, were students meeting their needs through the program?

-Yes ( 70%)

-Others were not applicable

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Results (cont’d)
  • Needs for the Program

-More students need to participate in the program but have limitations such as no insurance

-More interaction with parents, teachers, and health service officials

-Some students need to be seen more often

  • Faculty members agree that the STARS mental health program in both schools has shown positive impact on children in need
  • Plans for expanding program into other urban schools in underserved communities
  • Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd


  • Dr. Barbara Preib-Lannon

Facilitator of STARS


  • SROP Staff