Mental Health Demonstration Project
The Sodus Central School District’s Mental Health Demonstration (MHD) grant, as part of Wayne County Community Schools, is helping to expand the pipeline of mental health providers into rural school districts. Specifically, they have partnered with five local Colleges and Universities to provide internship experiences for graduate-level social workers, school counselors, mental health counselors, and school psychologists. They currently have 24 internship students placed in 19 buildings across six districts in rural Wayne County, New York. The MHD Internship Program is built upon the Collaboration ARCH (Attachment, Self-regulation, Competency, and Health) Model and is grounded in culturally responsive, trauma-informed, evidence-based restorative practices organized using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).