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Philadelphia: More school social workers for 'children in crises'

Aug 17, 2017, PhillyTrib.com: City-paid social workers coming to district schools http://www.phillytrib.com/city-paid-social-workers-coming-to-district-schools/article_233d838c-b06f-5cb7-bdd2-12becb50e84d. More than 20 social workers will be placed in School District of Philadelphia schools for the 2017-18 school year. The social workers will help identify the needs of youth and families, help navigate involvement in social support systems, and provide referrals for behavioral health evaluation and treatment opportunities at 21 district schools and one charter. “We have quite a few children in crises,” said Tangela McClam, principal of Lewis C. Cassidy Academics Plus School in West Philadelphia. ... The cost of the initiative is approximately $1.2 million and is a partnership between the SDP, the City and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) /Community Behavioral Health named the STEP Project. …