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Student Clinical Intervention Program


Meet the Team
Services & Treatments


 The Student Clinical Intervention Program (SCIP) is designed for students whose emotional behavioral and/or psychiatric difficulties are causing significant disruption in school but who may not qualify for Partial Hospital care.  The SCIP offers:

  • Short-term, intensive crisis intervention
  • Thorough evaluation of psychiatric and behavior management needs


The SCIP team includes a child psychiatrist and clinical nurse specialist who perform a diagnostic evaluation, may prescribe medication, and have ongoing contact with students throughout their stay in the SCIP. 


After 4 weeks, the SCIP Social Worker meets with representatives of the referring school system and the parents/guardians.  During this meeting, the psychiatric evaluation and progress report, including a functional behavioral analysis, are presented with the goal of assisting in the development of an educational plan.  Students return to their previous school placement or alternative placement within 1-2 weeks of the meeting.


 The Treatment Team

Each student is assigned a Social Worker who coordinates all aspects of the evaluation and treatment and serves as the primary contact for the family and school system. The Social Worker is part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes the following specialists:

  • Child psychiatrist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Psychiatric social worker
  • Registered nurse
  • Mental health counselors
  • Teacher


Director of Behavioral Health

  • Matthew Haas, LICSW, LADC-1


Chief of Child Psychiatry

  • Barry Sarvet, M.D.


Medical Director of CPHP

  • John Fanton, M.D.


Clinicians & Staff

  • Sandra LaFrance, Program Manager
  • William Fahey, Ph.D., Clinical Supervisor


  • John Fanton, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist
  • Patricia Rogowski, APRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Marjorie Williams, APRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist


  • Judy Bellino, L.I.C.S.W. Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Barbara Brody, L.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Rosemary Carney, L.I.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Jara Malikin-Sirois, L.I.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Lisa Sergentanis, L.I.C.S.W, Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Eric Sheldon, L.I.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Worker


 Treatment plans 

Plans are based on individual student needs and include the following components:

  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Family meetings
  • Individual therapy
  • Case management
  • Academic/tutorial classroom
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Creative Activities Group
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Parent Support Group
  • Milieu therapy (see below)


Therapeutic Milieu

Milieu refers to the treatment environment.  The SCIP program promotes success both within and outside the program by creating a nurturing and respectful milieu in which children feel safe and valued.  Challenging behavior is viewed as the result of deficits in particular skills, and the focus of the program is identifying and teaching these skills.  Our experienced staff help children learn skills to manage emotions, improve relationships with others, and meet academic expectations.  The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach of Dr. Ross Greene forms the core of this work.



Students have 2 to 2 ½ hours per day of academic tutorial time.  Massachusetts curriculum frameworks are followed for Math and English.  Frameworks are followed for Science and Social Studies when work is provided by the sending school.



Referrals may be made by Special Education directors or their designees. For referrals, please contact Behavioral Health’s Central Intake Office at (413) 794-5555.