School-Based Mental Health Program

We are here to support you during COVID-19. Our School-Based Mental Health Clinicians and Community Support Workers are available to you and your family, even while schools are physically closed. If your child attends one of our partner schools, please reach out so we can support you!

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 and Charter Schools 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.  

Featured Resources

Mary’s Center wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need for a healthy and successful school year. Every month, we will post tips and resources on different topics for parents, teachers, and students.

View all resources shared from the 2020-2021 school year:

Contact us 

Contact Marisa  Parrella, LICSW, LCSW-C, Director of School Based Mental Health Program at  or (202) 674-3754

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