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Community Interventions with Diverse Youth
Of this nation's 63 million children, approximately 15 % (9.5 million) suffer from emotional or life traumas that require psychological service intervention. Of these, over 70% will not receive adequate treatment. What must the mental health profession do to increase accessibility of services to children so that the probability of their academic and life success will increase? The following presents an overview of issues associated with school- versus community-based service delivery and describes a non-traditional model of training and service delivery to children and adolescents based on comprehensive collaboration between the two.
School-based Service Delivery
Although one identified site for intervention in the social and psychological adjustment of children is the school building, there are several reasons that services should expand beyond the school setting. The following section identifies and discusses a select number of these reasons.