Social Emotional and Mental Health Support

Citrus County’s school-based social, emotional, and mental health supports include a broad spectrum of prevention, assessment, intervention, counseling, and consultation services, along with referrals to community agencies for services. All these services are fundamental in a school’s ability to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. Mental health school supports target students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs, respond to serious mental health concerns, promote partnerships with families and community agencies, and supports positive classroom behavior and academic success.

Social Emotional Learning lessons and appropriate Mental Health education will be scheduled ongoing throughout the school year for students in grades K-12. The Tier 1 lessons are implemented to reduce the likelihood of at-risk students developing social, emotional, or behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal tendencies, or substance abuse disorders. In addition, the strategies and programs assist with developing an overall positive school climate. Tier 1 supports will be provided by classroom teachers, school counselors, school/district teachers on special assignment, and/or appropriate community agencies.

Example Tier 1 classroom lesson topics include:

  • School wide/classroom wide expectations
  • Improving peer relationships
  • Teaching empathy
  • Increasing student confidence
  • Self-regulation
  • Classroom and school health and safety procedures

Students needing more intensive interventions/services based on referrals and Problem-Solving Team (PST) recommendations will be provided Tier 2 and Tier 3 services. Citrus County Schools will also offer an individual student well-check tool to help in determining social, emotional, and behavioral needs. The well-check tool can be completed by a parent, teacher, or student. Interventions may be provided by school-based or community-based service providers. Interventions may include, but are not limited to, prevention programs, social skills instruction, self-regulation skills instruction, group and/or individual counseling, and a functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plan. Most Tier 2 supports will be provided by school counselors, psychologists, social worker, school/district teachers on special assignment, and/or appropriate community agencies. Most Tier 3 supports will be provided by school psychologists, social workers, and/or appropriate community agencies.