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Stephanie Columbia, Ed.D., Director of Mental Health and Student Attendance
Phone:  (631) 345-2888
Email:  [email protected]


Longwood Central School District has a long-standing commitment to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mental health wellness. With a department of 70 full-time, highly qualified Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Nurses, we are dedicated to supporting academic and social growth for all students. We offer many programs and support options for students and families. Longwood’s Mental Health department strives to:

Create a culture of care for the emotional, social and mental wellbeing of our students and staff, providing students with a rich social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum in line with NYS learning standards for health and mental health education. 

We provide students with every-day access to highly qualified clinicians and counselors.  We support student behavioral health through crisis intervention, behavioral support planning and implementation of student specific plans.

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Our psychologists meet regularly with students to complete Psychological Evaluations for the Committee on Special Education. Likewise, our 504 coordinators work with students and families to create NYS 504 plans for students with medical needs.

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Our Social Workers and School Counselors are working with students to implement all aspects of the Dignity for All Students Act and bullying prevention. All buildings are staffed with Psychologists, Social Workers, and School Counselors. You can click here to access all mental health staff member emails and contact buildings.

Our entire staff works with the teaching and non-teaching staff to offer high-level professional development. Additionally, our staff works directly with students to offer instruction in areas including:
Restorative Practice
Emotional Regulation
Youth Mental Health First Aid

Trauma-Informed Practices  
PBIS
Substance Use / Abuse
Healthy Relationships


We work to increase relationships with outside agencies catering to students' wellness and mental health needs while connecting the community with resources
. Our School Counselors at Longwood High School are working with students to assess progress toward Graduation requirements
. While our entire staff works with all students from K-12 to develop deeper College and Career readiness.
This year, we are so lucky to have a new program to deliver instruction in SEL to our staff and students delivered by  our Social and Emotional Learning Instructional Coaches. This program has already reached groups of teachers over 100 times and 12,500 students receiving direct instruction so far in 2021-2022.You can see some of the past presentations and student experiences on the SEL coaches' website

Some of the amazing work that our students are doing can be seen in the video below!

 

 

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