Primary Mental Health
The Primary Mental Health Program (PMHP) is a program for early
detection and prevention of school adjustment problems in primary
grade children. PMHP seeks to help young children, kindergarten
through grade three, to make a positive adjustment to the school
experience, both educationally and socially. This goal is accomplished
through the combined efforts of members of a school-based team,
which includes teachers, administrators, mental health professionals,
parents, and counselor assistants. Since its inception in a single
Rochester, New York elementary school in 1957, this program has
grown considerably. CTs State Department of Education (SDE)
has provided funding for PMHP since the 1983-1984 school year to
various districts across the state via a grant process. SERC holds
the contract with the SDE to assist in the provision of training/technical
assistance for the school-based teams involved in this program.
Program sessions are designed to address the needs and issues of
counselor assistants from participating districts.
For more information, please contact: Norma Sproul, Ph.D., Consultant,
Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services, (860) 807-2037,
or SERC Consultant: Donna D. Merritt, Ph.D., (860) 632-1485, ext.