Behavioral & Emotional Health Sub Committee

The Behavioral & Emotional Health Sub Committee of Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative was established in the Fall of 2016 to address ongoing concerns about the relationship between these areas and substance abuse. The Sub Committee is comprised of a variety of representatives, including school personnel, parents, community members and employees of various agencies, all interested in working collaboratively towards the following goals:

  • increasing access to existing resources,
  • reducing barriers to accessing existing resources,
  • increasing community awareness of resources available,
  • identifying gaps in existing services & working to address those gaps,
  • reducing the stigma associated with behavioral & emotional health challenges and the accessing of resources for support

The team is taking a multi-faceted approach that involves looking at three major groups needing support:

  • The children & adolescents in our community
  • The families raising the children & adolescents in our community
  • The educators providing schooling to the children & adolescents in our community

Support and education is being considered across three tiers, or levels:

  • Tier 1: Preventative Supports Available to All
  • Tier 2: Intervention and Support for Early/After Onset* (may require referrals, diagnosis and access may be limited by insurance)
  • Tier 3: Support for those needing Treatment for Chronic or Severe Issues*

* This language is used in one of our guiding documents written by the Center for Mental Health in Schools in Los Angeles, California (http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/partnership/scpart1.pdf).

The group is building upon work the Department of Mental Health did in conjunction with the Plymouth and Marshfield Public Schools on creating the H.O.P.E. Project Website: http://hopema.org/ Many wonderful resources are available there.

Please contact Trina Camarao if you are interested in joining the committee, or have any comments, questions or suggestions: tcamarao@plymouth.k12.ma.us.

Sticker Shock Campaign

A sticker Shock Campaign is a project where the community, youth and alcohol retailers all work together to combat minors getting access to alcohol.

Social Marketing Campaign

Social Marketing uses the principles that advertising uses, but geared toward social issues.

Social Norms Campaign

One commonly known component of social norming is “peer pressure.” Regardless of age, peer pressure is a part of most people’s lives.

Photo Voice Project

Photo Voice is a project that puts cameras in the hands of creative youth and offers an opportunity to record and reflect upon their community’s strengths and concerns.

Hidden In Plain Sight

The exhibit is a mock teenage bedroom that allows adults to go through to see possible red flags for unhealthy behavior and/or substance use.

Healthy Plymouth

A subcommittee of PYDC, Healthy Plymouth has prevention programming to engage youth in free, meaningful activities outside of school.

Cluster Collaboration

The collaborative towns, Plymouth, Middleboro and Carver, will work to implement strategies that will have a sustained effect of prevention and reducing underage drinking and other drug use and the devastating consequences that can ensue.

Behavioral & Emotional Health Subcommittee

A subcommittee of PYDC, established in the Fall of 2016, to address ongoing concerns about the relationship between these areas and substance abuse.

Project Outreach

Project OUTREACH is a collaboration of Public Safety Agencies and Healthcare Providers for addiction.  They hold Drop In Centers twice a month, and many towns in Plymouth County are a part of Project OUTREACH.