Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

About Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP)

BCHNP is the community behavioral health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.  

For 16 years, BCHNP has placed social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists in schools and community health centers throughout Boston to provide a comprehensive array of social, emotional and behavioral health services to children and adolescents where they live and learn. Additionally, BCHNP provides professional development, consultation, and capacity building services to educators, administrators and school communities. BCHNP is partners with 17 Boston schools and 2 community health centers.

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BCHNP has a team of 22 staff members in four community-based programs:

1.  The School-Based Initiative includes partnerships with seven K-5, K-8 and high schools in Boston. Boston Children’s Hospital social workers and psychologists work onsite to provide clinical, early intervention, and prevention and promotion services to students, and social, emotional and behavioral health training and consultation to school staff.  Family engagement is a critical component of BCHNP’s work in schools. 

2.  The Clough Foundation Training and Access Project (TAP) includes partnerships with ten K-5/K-8 schools in Boston. TAP provides high quality professional development and consultation to educators, administrators and school staff. The goal of the project is to help build schools capacity to better address the social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of their students, staff and community. TAP free online trainings to educators and school communities are available through TAP Online.

3.  BCHNP Prevention Initiatives create and disseminate innovative prevention-focused curriculum for middle and high schools students. One example is Break Free from Depression (BFFD), an adolescent depression awareness curriculum designed to be implemented in schools. Learn more about the online BFFD training curriculum here. The team is working on developing a training for educators on stress and anxiety.

4.  The Community Health Center Initiative includes partnerships with two community health centers in Boston. Boston Children’s Hospital child and adolescent psychiatrists work on-site to provide early identification, assessment, treatment, and care coordination services to children and adolescents receiving primary medical care at the health centers. The psychiatrists also provide behavioral health training and consultation to health center staff.  

The goals of BCHNP are:

  1. To increase access to high quality, culturally relevant behavior health services for children and adolescents;
  2. To promote healthy social-emotional development in youth;
  3. To build the sustainable behavioral health capacity of partner organizations;
  4. To promote systemic change in behavioral health service delivery; and

  5. To promote services that achieve a high rate of satisfaction with all stakeholders

Fellowship Program:

BCHNP accepts two post-doctoral psychology fellows each school year. For more information, please contact us at BCHNP@childrens.harvard.edu