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Promise Zone

Matching student's emotional/behavioral needs
with effective targeted interventions.


  • Social Emotional Success - Set clear behavioral expectations for all students and reward them when they meet the expectation.

  • Team Work - School, family and community partnering together to identify children who may struggle in school with behavioral challenges and support them in doing better in school.

  • Effective Interventions - Design a plan based on the strengths and needs of the youth and family, then monitor if the plan is working and make changes when necessary.

  • Increased Access to Mental Health Clinicians - The Department is partnering with ARISE, Brownell Center, Syracuse Community Health Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital to expand services so that each Syracuse City School has a Mental Health Clinician in their building and on the Student Based Intervention Team - Behavior (SBIT-B). Click here to see if there is an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic partnering with your child's school.

 Target Population: Syracuse City School District students with emotional and behavioral challenges.

 Referral Process: Each elementary and middle school has a team to support students with emotional or behavioral challenges. Teams usually consist of the School Principal or Vice Principal, Social Worker, Psychologist, the Say Yes School Support Specialist, and the outpatient mental health partner in the school (where available). If your child is experiencing challenges at school, call the Principal or School Social Worker to discuss how to partner together. For a list of schools and their contact information click here http://www.syracusecityschools.com/

  Promise Zone is a partnership of NYS OMH, Onondaga County Department of Mental Health, Syracuse City School District, Say Yes to Education, OnCare, Brownell Center, ARISE, St. Joseph's Hospital and Community Organizations.

 For further information, contact Jennifer Parmalee.

2012 Evaluation Presentation
PBIS Success
National Leadership Conference Presentation
School Based Mental Health Clinics
School Based Mental Health Referral Form


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