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Schools try early intervention, so troubled kids become healthy teens

Original post made on Nov 24, 2012

Increased attention to mental health among elementary students will pay dividends when students are older, providing coping skills when problems arise, says the director of a local counseling organization.

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Posted by One parent's perspective
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

This sounds very well intentioned (as it is), and indeed quality early intervention is critical to the mental health of our children. This also is the report of one perceptive.

Do the parents with children receiving services feel they are making a beneficial impact? What is the dropout rate from the CASSEY services and for what reasons? Have principals received formal complaints?

How is CASSEY partnering with Project Cornerstone and/or Project Safety Net, and pulling together as a community?

Quality of efforts are important, not just the quantity of cases. Our children today have more academic, social, extracurricular and familial pressures on them from an early age than we have ever seen before. There is another perspective to this story that was left unturned, that of the parent and child.

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Posted by Another parent's perspective
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

To read a few quotes from parent and student surveys, you can check out the Palo Alto page on CASSY's web site.

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Posted by seasoned parent
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

One Parent's questions seem important. I went to the website as suggested by Another Parent, but the quotes look like marketing materials. Does anyone know the answer to One Parent's questions?

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Posted by parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

CASSY - please hook up with Barron Park Elementary School.

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Posted by infighting
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

CASSY has made the terrible mistake of existing which has put it into direct competition with ACS. ACS is seen as a "partner" with PAUSD, and the wagons have been circled against CASSY, who are supposedly outsiders. CASSY has a slightly different model, that involves using therapists with more training than ACS counselors, who have not even graduated from college. That's supposed to be CASSY's value added. I have no idea which is better -- they are probably both about the same. But the attacks on CASSY coming from the PSN leadership indicate that they have buddies in ACS and are not interested in whether or not CASSY might or might not be better -- they just want the contract for their "partner" to be renewed indefinitely. Maybe ACS is better, maybe CASSY is-- probably neither is as good as an actual commitment to youth well-being coming from the schools themselves. But we should be worried about having the best services not about whether someone will be upset about being criticized or having their friends get or not get a contract. We should investigate what is best and do that. I don't know which organization is better but that is the one I want. Please find out and make a contract with whomever is more effective. This isn't about "partners" and "friends" it's about helping kids.

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Posted by more the merrier
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I'm tired of all the focus on the secondary schools. Very few recent reviews, if any have been done for elementary schools and I welcome this initiative.
The elementary school teachers are very pro-active in recommending students for counselling and, in some cases, overly cautious. Nothing necessarily wrong with that since it's better to err on that side.
I haven't seen any "circling of wagons" and most elementary school parents and teachers recognize the value add. I'd like to see more of the district's funds directed to elementary schools in this area.

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Posted by more please
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Nov 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

A lot of mental problems in children do not show up until adolescence, which is why there is all the focus there.

However, we personally found ACS to be rather superficial in their counseling, making them basically useless. CASSY sounds like it is more in-depth, and therefore more effective.

For any mental evaluaton, or intervention, the earlier the better, for optimum results.

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