LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL SCIP (SCHOOL COMMUNITY INTERVENTION & PREVENTION)
SCIP recognizes a child’s behavioral and mental health concerns can be difficult and confusing for parents and caregivers to address. Our goal is to be supportive by providing resources that people may not be aware of that can help them find assistance. We do this by collaborating with behavioral health agencies to provide free screenings to determine if further services would benefit the student involved. Through SCIP, schools and community agencies work together to respond to the needs of youth and to provide support towards staying in school and being successful.
When a young person’s behavior changes, the people most likely to recognize it are those who regularly interact with the student. That’s why SCIP is designed to include their parents, guardians, teachers and other school staff.
How are students referred to SCIP?
Students are often identified by school staff, but may also be referred by a family member, peers, a concerned community member, or by self-referral. Reasons for a referral may be due to sudden changes in a student’s behavior, existing behaviors that may be escalating, or the display of unusual behaviors. These behaviors could be indicators of more serious underlying issues such as:
• Depression • Violence
• Grief • Abuse
• Trauma • Eating Disorders
• Self-Injury • Gambling
• Bullying • Gang Activity
• Alcohol and/or Drug Use • Other Mental/Behavioral Health Disorders
The initial agency screening for the student provided through SCIP is always FREE to families. SCIP teams have been trained not to label or diagnose, but to identify signs that may indicate a more serious problem. Sharing the concerns with parents and students gives them the opportunity to obtain services from the school or from a professional at a community behavioral health agency who can then determine if further services are warranted. Following a SCIP screening, with a Release of Information form signed, the agency can provide the SCIP Team with recommendations which they can use to assist students within the school environment.
Intervening early can result in positive changes, thereby reducing the potential for problems to develop into something more serious.
Where can I receive more information?
To learn more about SCIP and to read publications that provide schools and parents with current information and tips on dealing with the many challenges that face our children today, go to: