Expanded behavioral health services for students, families

Duanesburg Central School District has expanded its behavioral health services for students and their families through a partnership with Northern Rivers, an organization that includes the Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center.

“Northern Rivers and the district worked with Schenectady County and the Office of Mental Health to locate a licensed behavioral health clinic at DCS for district students and families,” said Duanesburg Superintendent Frank Macri. “Our goal is to provide increased access to high quality behavioral health services within our school community.

“The program is now serving Jr./Sr. High School students and families, but it will be expanded in the future to include those at the elementary school. Yvonne Lerner, a Northern Rivers mental health counselor, provides confidential care at an office in the high school during and after the school day, through a referral process. Parents/guardians seeking more information should contact DCS school social worker Kristin Mills at kmills@duanesburg.org, (518) 895-3000, ext. 232.

Although the clinic is housed at DCS, insurance coverage for Northern Rivers services is handled in the same manner as when accessing other services located in a non-school setting. In other words, the program operates similarly to clinical visits off-site and therefore, parents/guardians provide their insurance information to Northern Rivers.

“Good health – including physical, emotional and social wellness – is central to learning and student success,” said DCS Superintendent Frank Macri. “The Northern Rivers care providers are part of our district’s overall team approach to providing behavioral health care for all students, a team that also includes school social workers, a psychologist, school counselors and nurses. We are happy to partner with Northern Rivers to expand services for our students and their families.”