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'School Community Intervention & Prevention' exists to help students conquer high-risk behaviors

Questions & answers about SCIP

What Is SCIP?

SCIP refers to the School Community Intervention & Prevention program. This four-component program to assist students experiencing difficulty in the learning environment was developed jointly by representatives from both the community and Lincoln Public Schools. It is currently sponsored by the Lincoln Public School system, Lincoln Medical Education Partnership (LMEP), United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Region V Systems, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Addiction Services.

What Is the Purpose of SCIP?

The purpose of SCIP is threefold:

1) To identify students exhibiting high risk behaviors which interfere with their ability to learn. These behaviors may or may not be related to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

2) To provide alternative approaches in helping students deal with these problems, and

3) To provide a support system for students and parents to address problem areas both within and outside the school setting.

How Does SCIP Assist Student?

The program has four (4) components, each of which assists students.

1) IDENTIFICATION of students who exhibit problematic behavior.

2) INTERVENTION with the student, parents, and a school representative from the SCIP Team to describe problem behavior and to seek solutions and explore options which will increase the student's chance of being successful in school.

3) REFERRAL to a community agency tailored to youth and families.

4) STUDENT SUPPORT to assist students in the school environment. The goal of individual and group support is to aid the recovery process of the student.

How Are Students Referred to SCIP?

Students are referred to SCIP by teachers, students, administrators, friends, parents, or by self. Once a referral is made, teachers are asked to observe the student's behavior in class and forward information to the SCIP team. The team reviews the information and decides what action should be taken.

Click HERE to access the SCIP referral form. (Forms may be turned into any of the school principals, or to any member of the SCIP team listed below.)

What Actions Can Be Taken?

Referral to SCIP does not always indicate a problem with alcohol and/or drugs. Students who exhibit high risk behaviors can be referred for assistance to a counselor, community agency, or a faculty member who can offer assistance.

If behaviors indicate the possibility of involvement with alcohol and/or other drugs, the intervention process is used to encourage students and their parents to obtain an evaluation at a community agency.

Where Can I Receive More Information?

Contact a SCIP team member at your school or the:

SCIP Coordinator
Lincoln Medical Education Partnership
4600 Valley Road
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
(402) 483-4581

2014-2015 SCIP Team Members:
John Harris (443-4332 ext. 3229)
Jennifer Johnson (443-4250 ext. 1045)
Marc Kaminski (443-3101 ext. 2002)
Cynthia Klepper (443-4250 ext. 1005, or 443-3101 ext. 2106)
David Privett (443-4332 ext. 3232)
Jarred Royal (443-4332 ext. 3002)
Josh Trutna (443-4250 ext. 1003)

Overview and Instructions on Arranging a SCIP Evaluation/Screening

If the SCIP team has concerns regarding your child's behaviors, you will be contacted immediately. To further assess the situation, and to help us assist your son or daughter in achieving his/her academic potential, SCIP will offer you the opportunity to obtain an evaluation/screening at no charge. Please remember to allow sufficient time for the SCIP process to be completed at the school in order for the evaluation/screening to be done at no charge. The school SCIP team MUST contact the agency of your choice before you can call to schedule an appointment. In order for the SCIP team to call the agency, you must sign the school's Release of Information form.

HOW TO ARRANGE A SCIP EVALUATION/SCREENING:

*Contact the school and tell the SCIP team where you wish to go for the evaluation/screening.

*Sign the school's Release of Information form, which will allow the school to contact the agency and share the information they have gathered.

*Notify the school's attendance office if your child will be absent from school for an appointment. You do not need to tell them it is a SCIP evaluation appointment.

*The following is a list of the agencies that will provide a SCIP evaluation/screening at no charge:

BLUE VALLEY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Wahoo Office: 443-4414

A.S.L. PSYCHOTHERAPY
8101 "O" Street, Suite 214, Lincoln, NE, 402-488-1032

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES - LINCOLN
3700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE, 402-489-1834

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES - DAVID CITY
372 S. 9th Street, Butler County Health Center (Call Lincoln office for appointment)
402-489-1834 or 1-800-961-6277

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES - FALLS CITY
1820 Fulton Street (Call Lincoln office for appointment)
402-489-1834 or 1-800-961-6277

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER
2444 "O" Street, Lincoln, NE, 402-475-7666

FIRST STEP RECOVERY AND WELLNESS CENTER
1919 South 40th Street, Suite 212, Lincoln, NE (Eating Disorders screenings)
402-441-9280

FIRST STEP RECOVERY AND WELLNESS CENTER
210 Gateway, Green Tree Court, Suite 342, Lincoln, NE (Mental Health screenings)
402-434-2730

KENDRA HUBBARD, M.S., L.M.H.P.
2355 Superior, Suite 105, Lincoln, NE, 402-437-0610 Ext. 2

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES
Locations in Beatrice, Lincoln, Pawnee City, Seward, Wahoo. Call Lincoln office for
appointment. 2900 "O" Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE, 402-435-2910

NEBRASKA MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS
4545 South 86th Street, Lincoln, NE, 402-483-6990

PLEASE NOTE:

*You will be asked to sign another release of information form at the agency when you go for the evaluation/screening. This allows that agency to provide a brief summary of the report and recommendations to the school SCIP team and the School Community Intervention Program office.

*Drug testing (urine or blood) IS NOT provided as a part of this free evaluation/screening. Some agencies can help to arrange for this testing. THERE WILL BE A CHARGE for which the family is responsible.

*Each agency has a different procedure for the SCIP evaluation/screening. the school SCIP team leader can provide more information regarding the specific agency's process at the time you notify them of the agency you have chosen.

*You may also obtain assistance from your EAP, private therapists/counselors, other agencies or physicians. The school will not be held liable for the cost incurred should you choose such an agency or clinic.

*These SCIP screenings will not satisfy the request of a judge or the legal system for an evaluation.

*You have 60 days after signing the school's Release of Information form to call the agency to schedule the SCIP appointment.

*Be certain to mention it is a SCIP evaluation when you call the agency to schedule the appointment, or you may be charged.

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BLUE VALLEY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER will provide both substance abuse and mental/behavioral health screenings. Appropriate for grades K-12.

A.S.L. PHYCHOTHERAPY will provide both substance abuse and mental/behavioral health screenings. Appropriate for grades K-12. More extensive evaluation may be recommended, for which there will be a charge, and the family is responsible for this fee.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES will provide a mental health screening for students in grades K-12. Contact person: Mary Ryan.

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER is primarily a screening for substance abuse. If evidence of mental health or behavioral issues is reported, further evaluation of these issues may be recommended. Appropriate for students 13 and older. Contact person: Carolyn Connelly.

FIRST STEP RECOVERY AND WELLNESS CENTER includes screening for mental health and eating disorder issues for ages 13-18. Locations for two services are different (see above addresses). More extensive evaluation may be recommended, for which there will be a charge, and the family is responsible for this fee.

KENDRA HUBBARD, PRIVATE PRACTICE is primarily for behavior and mental health issues. Further evaluation may be recommended. Appropriate for students age 6-11 years old.

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES includes screening for substance abuse or mental health issues for students grades K-12. Family involvement is expected and required. LFS also provides counseling for teenagers with unexpected pregnancies.

NEBRASKA MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS includes evaluation for mental health issues and for substance abuse. Appropriate for students in grades K-12. Family participation in the evaluation is required. More extensive evaluation and/or treatment may be recommended.
 

'School Community Intervention & Prevention' exists to help students conquer high-risk behaviors

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