Meet our new care coordinator, Nicole Lonardo!
I would like to introduce myself as the new School Based Care Coordinator for the Riverbend and Sanders Street Schools. My position in the school is to act as an extension of the Guidance Department as a resource for both students and families. This is a new position in the school system, funded through the CHART Grant through Heywood Healthcare/Athol Hospital. I will be located in the Riverbend School Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday mornings, and can be reached through the main office number (978-249-2415).
The first part of my position is to be a community resource liaison for services in the community that families may need or want access to. Once a referral from the Guidance Department has been made to me, I will be in contact by phone to further introduce myself and gather information regarding any resources your family may want access to which I could assist in. The community resources available could include but are not limited to child care, education, food/clothing, fuel assistance, health insurance, housing, substance abuse, parent support groups, transportation, etc. Ultimately, I am here to help make these connections easier and resources available for parents.
The second part of my position is to work collaboratively with an on-site clinician to offer behavioral health and counseling services to students in the building during or immediately after the school day. Again, once a referral has been made to me from the Guidance Department, I will then be in contact to further discuss the on-site clinical option for your child. The on-site clinician can be accessed by any student in school without prior approval from an insurance company. If after beginning clinical services with a student the clinician feels that student would benefit from further outpatient based clinical services, then these services would have to be coordinated with your child’s health insurance at that point.
The school has been very welcoming about this arrangement, and I hope that these services will be useful to your child as well as yourself. If you have any further questions regarding my position or the services we are now offering at the school, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to making contact with you soon. Thank you.
School Based Care Coordinator