Algoma District School Board’s
mental health strategy
Darryl Fillmore is the Board's Mental Health Lead and is the first point of contact for Sault Area
Darryl recognized that the Algoma District School Board and partner agencies are “getting it right”. The number of partners that are now at the table to assist, support and transition a student continues to grow. The Board is very proud to be part of this positive trend, helping to develop protocols with community hospitals and sharing resources provincially and district-wide.
(SAH) regarding Mental Health Crisis and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(CAP) Unit Admissions. He organizes Transition
Case Conferences with schools upon discharge of students from these facilities,
ensuring that the emotional and mental health needs of and educational supports
for these students are met. The Mental
Health Lead also supports ongoing evidence-based mental health practices and programming
in order to promote the mental health and well-being of all students.
that, as part of the Algoma Model and within community partnerships, ADSB
aligns their services along a continuum of three tiers from young JK students
all the way through to Adult Education programs.
Supports for all are things such as Family Engagement, Student Voice, Positive School
and Classroom Climate. Starting in JK
and working through to high school the Board has infused social and emotional
learning along with mentorship and well-being initiatives. Al’s Pals and Project ABCD are two
examples of these types of supports.
2. Supports for some are targeted supports
for students needing additional help at school. For instance, ADSB has School and Attendance Counsellors
who are assigned to every school in the Board, available to see students
regularly and as needed to help develop positive coping strategies and to
access community resources. The Board has trained staff in every school to
facilitate restorative conversations to address conflict and assist in problem
resolution. This is a partnership that
has been developed with Sault Ste. Marie Police Services and the John Howard
Society. These are two examples of
“supports for some”.
3. Supports for few are interventions or
strategies for a much smaller percentage of students. These programs and services, for students
experiencing significant challenges, rely heavily on ADSB’s strong community
partnerships with, for instance, SAH, the CAP Unit and School Police Liaison
Officers. Algoma District School Board
also has trained staff in all schools to help detect when a student is in need
of supports and specific pathways to access resources to help the student and