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Required fields are marked * Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa and School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro. (Click on image to enlarge)After a year of social distancing and remote learning, the mental health issues that children and teenagers are experiencing are soaring. Not only do students miss their friends and struggle with virtual learning, but many also have experienced deaths and job losses in their families, loss of housing (or fear of eviction) and food insecurity. The stress, depression, and anxiety our youth are suffering is unprecedented and can lead to serious consequences.In fact, according to the CDC, attempted suicide and suicide are on the rise and are currently the second leading cause of death for teens.During this challenging time Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with Hathaway-Sycamores is crucial. Hathaway-Sycamores School-Based Services provides behavioral health services on four of the school campuses in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), including Pasadena High School and three of the elementary schools in the district.From helping students who are experiencing anxiety and depression to those who have suffered a crisis in their lives – like the death of a parent – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinical staff expertly provide individual, group and family therapy. They also perform behavioral rehabilitation and assessment services to help students manage stress in the effort to achieve greater academic success. During the pandemic, the connection that students experience with their therapist, and the opportunity to talk to someone outside the family, is critical.The partnership with PUSD began in 1997 with the goal of providing greater access to behavioral health care to students in need. Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners firmly believes in the equity the program provides. “Having this program in the schools is so important because it makes the services easily accessible to students who might not otherwise get the support they need. Often, we can provide early intervention before a more serious problem develops,” shares Ms. Manners.At the core of this long-term relationship between Hathaway-Sycamores and the Pasadena Unified School District is trust. The trust has developed over time and is facilitated by the fact that in normal circumstances – pre-COVID – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and other staff work 40 hours a week on the campus. School administrators, teachers, and other school personnel know the agency’s team members in the school – they are familiar faces and have personal relationships with the school community. According to School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro, “We go to Back-to-School Nights, PTA meetings and the Holiday Programs – we show up. And that makes the community trust us more. When the school recommends treatment and the providers are on campus it feels more collaborative, and we have more buy in from everyone involved.”During this difficult time of remote learning Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and community wellness specialists are providing services via telehealth. However, COVID has increased the intensity and frequency of issues that our students are facing, and the Hathaway-Sycamores team has also been providing in person support when critical. The team has supported students and families in other ways too – including getting tablets and hotspots to students in need and finding the funds to pay the electric bill for a family whose power was turned off.The agency is also expanding work with the greater PUSD community to meet new needs that have arisen during this past year. Last summer after a child from Madison Elementary School was tragically killed in a shooting, Hathaway-Sycamores staff were there to provide support and help the healing process begin for the school’s staff and families. The school-based team met with school personnel to help them understand the various stages and feelings of collective grief that school staff members, students, and families all might experience. The team also assisted school staff in determining the best way to discuss this heartbreaking event with other families in the school.While the district works with other providers, the relationship with Hathaway-Sycamores remains unique. Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services Dr. Eric Sahakian credits Hathaway-Sycamores’ flexibility as a key factor in the success of the relationship, “We know if we put Hathaway-Sycamores in one of our schools, they are going to make it work. They have the flexibility, creativity and expertise to adjust to the specific needs of the students on that school campus.” Dr. Sahakian added, “This ultimately results in healthier students and families.”The district’s belief in Hathaway-Sycamores’ ability to get the job done has recently led to a new collaboration involving two grants. The first grant is the Proposition 47 Grant, aimed at intervening with juvenile offenders early to break the cycle and change the script from “school to prison” to “school to college.” The second grant is Project Prevent, a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to provide school-based social and emotional supports for 12-18-year-old students who have experienced trauma regardless of income level and insurance.The relationship has been beneficial both to district and to agency. Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa sums it up, “Our longstanding partnership with PUSD has branched out in so many directions and has led to the development of an amazing program in our agency that has expanded to assist students not only in Pasadena, but all over Los Angeles County. We are thankful for PUSD’s partnership, trust and vision.”About Hathaway-SycamoresHathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 118 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 16,000 lives annually. Services include residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for young adults currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; and educational support services. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org. Make a comment
TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedLBS PartnerslimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsPandemic Drives Expansion at Limerick Management Consulting CompanyBy Staff Reporter – November 18, 2020 212 Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Forced to transition all its client interactions, both training and consulting, to an online platform, which necessitated a business model reshape, the positive outcome has been an identification of new opportunities, particularly in UK and European markets and an expansion of its highly experienced and expert 30-person team.Providing smart and sustainable solutions to business problems for clients in Ireland, the UK and the US, across sectors as diverse as engineering, medical devices, pharma, engineering, food, IT and contact centres, the requirement to take on three new hires was prompted by an increase in demand for the Company’s services driven by the many challenges now facing companies.As LBS CEO, Gene Leonard explains: “We noted a shift to digitalisation across many of the sectors we work with and realised that we needed to bring in people with the requisite skills and expertise to enable us respond to that demand.“We are delighted to announce that three exceptionally talented individuals have decided to join our team and add to the depth and breadth of our experience. Initially all three will be working remotely with our clients, which also changes the way we normally onboard new hires. It’s been a new experience for us all but has worked out very well.”“Ighni Kindlon joins us as an operational excellence lead consultant. The expertise he brings to the company will enable us to meet the growing demand from our clients for digital transformation and help them meet the future internal and external challenges they face, particularly the need adopt smarter and more technologically advanced operational processes .“Ben Kelly joins us as a leadership and management consultant and coach. With senior- level experience in learning and development, and human resources, he has vast expertise in monitoring, evaluating and updating training programmes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This will help to support our transformation teams to fuse the development of people and leadership teams with capability development to deliver lasting and sustainable change in companies.“Ronan Moriarty adds energy consultancy expertise to our team. His knowledge of designing, implementing, and maintaining energy management systems will be very beneficial in helping companies to reduce their carbon footprint.“He will work with companies to establish a base case of their energy usage across their organisation and implement innovative and digital solutions that will reduce their current and future energy bills. WHILE COVID-19 has unsettled many business sectors, Limerick-based management consulting company, LBS Partners, has found a bright light amid the pandemic. Email Previous articleLight Up A Memory 2020 ceremony at Milford Hospice goes virtualNext articleCollins confirms increase to Repair and Leasing funding limits Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Commenting on the value of expanding the company at a time when many businesses have being forced to reduce their headcount, Mr Leonard added: “We are very optimistic about the future of not only LBS Partners but Ireland.“We believe that companies will need support and advice more than ever to help them retain or regain market share and position themselves to utilise the technologies of the future.“As the pace of change and the digitisation of business accelerates, we have made the decision to equip the company with the freshest thinking to give companies the confidence and mindset to grow and thrive.” he added.