C.C. Griffin Middle School Day Treatment
In collaboration with Turning Point Homes, Inc., Cabarrus County Schools (CCS) is implementing a Middle School Day Treatment Program at C.C. Griffin Middle school (CCGMS) beginning in August 2017. This trauma-informed program is designed to draw on elements of Restorative Justice and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat adolescent students whose mental health needs have created significant barriers to accessing their academics. The classroom will be staffed by a CCS Exceptional Children (EC) teacher; as well as a licensed clinician, qualified mental health professional and program manager through Turning Point Homes, Inc. Please refer to the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services eligibility criteria for further explanation of service.
CCS referral process:
CCGMS Day treatment may serve up to 12 students at any time. Students being considered for referral must have historical and current documentation demonstrating less restrictive mental health rehabilitative services in the educational setting have been unsuccessful. Examples of such evidence include, but are not limited to: Functional Behavior Assessment, Behavior Intervention Plan, 504 Plan, Individualized Education Plan, MTSS Tier 3 data, progress monitoring, etc. In collaboration with Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist), each school’s Mental Health Contact or Tier 3 designee may gather documentation to make a referral to the Mental Health Contact at CCGMS. The referring school MUST obtain a signed release of Information (ROI) prior to making a referral. A referral to Day Treatment may not be made without parental/guardian consent. The school may not mandate day treatment services. The service is optional and may not be used as a disciplinary placement.
Along with a signed ROI and Student Profile form, all relevant documentation should accompany this completed referral form. This documentation may include, but is not limited to: psychological evaluation; history of services; discipline data; IEP; 504; FBA; BIP; comprehensive clinical assessment; prior PCP; documentation from outside clinicians; admission/discharge paperwork from hospitalizations; etc. Once all relevant data is gathered, please stamp CONFIDENTIAL and fax or scan (password protect) to CCGMS Mental Health Contact in Student Services.
Once received by CCGMS, the information will be shared with Turning Point Family Services who will coordinate a time to meet with the family and complete a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment. If the recommendation resulting from the CCS is Day treatment, Turning Point is responsible for submitting authorization to the LME-MCO who then has up to 14 days to approve or deny the request. During this time, if the student receives EC services the EC Case Manager at the school of origin shall schedule an IEP meeting to prepare for the transition on or around the 14th day. The IEP meeting shall be held at the school of origin with an invitation extended to pertaining CCGMS EC personnel and Day Treatment manager.
The Request for Transportation form and Emergency Contact Form should be completed and sent to the CCS Transportation Department as soon as a student is authorized for Day Treatment Services. Once transportation has been arranged, the CCS Transportation designee will notify the CCGMS Mental Health Contact, who will communicate the arrangement with the family and CCS Day treatment Teacher. Hours of operation for the Day treatment Students will be 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The day-to-day therapeutic case management and treatment documentation will be maintained by Turning Point. The academic instruction will be provided by the CCS Day Treatment Teacher. Decisions regarding daily schedule, meetings, groups, activities, etc. will be collaboratively made by Turning Point staff, Day Treatment Teacher and Administration in the best interest of the students. CCS staff will be invited to participate in monthly Child & Family Team Meetings facilitated by Turning Point. Turning Point staff will be invited to participate IEP meetings, BIP reviews, 504 Planning, etc. As students are progressing toward individualized therapeutic and academic goals, it will be at the discretion of this partnership as to titration of services.
Discharge planning shall begin the first day of admission. Turning Point staff shall routinely monitor goals, track therapeutic progress and update students’ person-centered plans. As a team, the CCS Day Treatment teacher, administrator, and therapeutic staff may make recommendations for discharge regarding academic placement to the least restrictive environment. For students receiving EC services, placement will be an IEP team decision. IEP transition meetings shall be scheduled by the CCS Day Treatment teacher/EC case manager on or about 30 days from discharge to titrate services as applicable and begin transition plan. CCS staff will be responsible for connecting the student and family to the receiving school/staff and assisting in the coordination of CCS transportation. Turning Point staff will be responsible for the clinical referral and therapeutic step-down plan. A copy of the student’s discharge plan should be provided to the SISP team at the receiving school.