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Christopher LaBreck, associate principal and PBIS team leader for West Boylston Middle/High School (left) and keynote speaker George Sugai, PhD, a PBIS pioneer, shared national and local perspectives at the Central Massachusetts PBIS Schools Showcase.
Communities of Care and wraparound services First funded as a pilot program in 1999 and now in its 12th year, Communities of Care is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment in which all youth with complex emotional and behavioral needs, and their families, can get the help they need to live happy and productive lives within their communities. Communities of Care uses an innovative “wraparound service” model for treating youth with severe emotional disturbance, the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder in a child under 18 years of age that has resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with, or limits, the child’s role or functioning in family, school or community activities. Communities of Care programs and services, including PBIS training for area public schools, are administered by the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. The programs have received national recognition, including the 2009 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence. This award recognizes innovative programs that address prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, and serve as model programs to the community. For its PBIS training component, CMCC earned citation by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, its original federal funder, as one of only three sites nationwide that are exemplary for establishing effective relationships with education.