Mid-Fairfield, in partnership with Norwalk Public Schools, provides students, families, and staff with ready access to a broad spectrum of embedded, trauma-informed, mental health services and care coordination via a network of providers working in partnership with schools. Embedding support within the school setting reduce barriers that many families experience when seeking help such as transportation.
Our school based services include:
- Assessments and screenings
- Direct services (individual, family, and group therapy)
- Care Coordination
- Training and consultation
The specific nature of the therapy and its frequency will be determined based on the needs of the child and their family. Where appropriate, referrals are made for additional services.
Latinx Integrated Care (LINC) Program
What is LINC?
Our Latinx Integrated Care (LINC) Program is designed to deliver confidential, trauma-informed clinical and/or care coordination services to recently arrived Spanish-speaking immigrants enrolled in Norwalk Public Schools. Our teams consist of bilingual and bicultural clinicians and care coordinators who work alongside immigrant families to provide support and help promote the overall health and wellbeing of families as they learn to cope with the unique challenges that impact the immigrant population in our community.
Students and families can receive clinical (e.g., individual and family therapy) and/or care coordination services. The frequency of clinical services is determined based on the needs and availability of the client and family. The client and family may also receive care coordination support for an average of six months. Care Coordination looks to identify community resources and natural supports while promoting permanent connections for the child and family.
Who is eligible to receive LINC Services?
Norwalk Public Schools students enrolled in any of the following six schools who entered the US on or after May 2019.
- Brien McMahon High School
- Norwalk High School
- Ponus Ridge STEAM Academy
- West Rocks Middle School
- Cranbury Elementary School
- Kendall College and Career Academy
How do I enroll my family in the LINC Program?
To learn more, please contact Clara Mesa, Director of Community Based Services at (203) 299-1315; x 6156. Referrals are also accepted from school staff at the six LINC participating schools.
Hours and days vary according to school hours and family needs. Services take place at school, in the home and/or a community setting.
School and/or home.
There is no fee for service. LINC is funded through a private/public partnership with the City of Norwalk’s Community Services Department, Norwalk Public Schools, and private philanthropy.
Individual, Family, and Group School-Based Services
Individual and Family Therapy
Currently available at Brien McMahon and Norwalk High Schools, therapists provide:
- assessment and intakes
- individual and family therapy
- consultation services to school staff
Group Therapy (currently available at select Norwalk Elementary Schools, Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools)
Bounce Back is an evidence-based, 10-week group intervention for elementary school students. CBITS is utilized in the school setting designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma In Schools is evidence-based, 10-week group intervention for middle and high schools students. CBITS is utilized in the school setting designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
To learn more, please contact Megan Iosifidis at (203) 299-1315; x 6175 or [email protected].
Hours and days vary according to school hours and family’s needs. Services take place at school.
School and/or home.
There is no fee for service.