PROJECT BASIC COORDINATOR: Debra Griffin
We are fortunate at Grand Junction Elementary School to have a program called Project B.A.S.I.C. (Better Attitudes and Skills in Children). The project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Bureau of Health. There are about fifty-five programs statewide.
Project B.A.S.I.C. provides educational, yet entertaining activities to help students build self-esteem and learn decision-making skills. The B.A.S.I.C. Child Development Specialist goes into the kindergarten through third grade classes twice a month for thirty minutes, and leads the students in activities using stories, puppets, songs, and role-play.
Other components of this early intervention and prevention program are mental health education, early intervention with individuals and structured learning groups, teacher consultation, and school climate. Students or groups of students can be referred by the teachers, staff, and parents to work on goals such as responsibility, cooperation, and respect. Each individual referral must receive parental permission, and then an assessment is done to determine goals. The parent is then notified in writing of the goals for their child. If the specialist thinks a child could benefit from further mental health treatment, a referral is made to Quinco Mental Health Center.
Mrs. Griffin consults with the teachers about individual students that she works with. She is also a liason between the school and the mental health center and works closely with case managers assigned to our students.