Behavioral Health

School-Based Mental Health Program

The Mary’s Center School Based Mental Health (SBMH) Program supports children, families, and communities by promoting behavioral wellness. Our goal is to increase student, family, and school communities’ attainment of positive mental health and well-being. To do this, we  partner with DC public charter schools in Wards 1, 4, and 5 to enhance each school’s wellness team. 

The SBMH team is dedicated to helping children and young adults of all ages with the emotional health challenges they may be facing. Our kind and highly skilled bilingual therapists work full-time in each school, reducing barriers to behavioral health assessments and culturally appropriate, trauma-informed care.   

Additionally, our SBMH program partners with high school seniors and their families through the “Got Transition” Young Adult Mental Health Initiative. The initiative aims to help prepare them for the unique stressors they may face as they enter adulthood and ensure they can continue caring for their emotional health.  

Contact us 

If your school is interested in partnering with Mary’s Center, contact Marisa  Parrella, LICSW, LCSW-C, Director of School Based Mental Health Program at  mparrella@maryscenter.org  or (202) 674-3754

Related Articles: Please visit our blog and search for “School Based Mental Health” to find articles written by our staff.