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School-Based Mental Health Services in Rural NW CT

EdAdvance has been awarded an $8.7 million U.S. Department of Education grant to increase school-based mental health services in 32 K-12 schools in Northwestern CT over the next five years. This multi-pronged approach aims to increase the number of credentialed school-based mental health providers and service in small rural schools in northwestern Connecticut.


"EdAdvance’s mission has always been to promote the success of school districts and communities. We’ve been given a unique opportunity to have a profound impact on the well-being of students and schools in our region and are so pleased to lead this initiative,” shared Dr. Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director of EdAdvance.


32 schools serving students from grades Pre-K to 12 in 20 communities throughout the northwestern corner include:

Barkhamsted Elementary

Bethlehem Elementary

Booth Free

Botelle Elementary

Colebrook Consolidated

Cornwall Consolidated

Explorations Charter School

Goshen Center

Mary P. Hinsdale

Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Kellogg Elementary

Kent Center

Litchfield Center

Litchfield Intermediate

Litchfield Middle School

Litchfield High School

Mitchell Elementary

James Morris

Nonnewaug High School

North Canaan Elementary

Northwestern  Regional High School

Northwestern Regional Middle School

Pearson School

Salisbury Central

Sharon Center

Shepaug Valley School

The Burnham School

Wamogo Regional High School

Wamogo Regional Middle School

Warren Elementary

Washington Primary

Woodbury Middle School

Meet the Team

We welcome 17 credentialed school-based mental health professionals to the project.


For more info, contact:

Judith Palmer, Ed.D.

Director of School Climate & Mental Health Services

860-567-0863 x1166


Why EdAdvance?

Who We Are

EdAdvance is a public nonprofit Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) created in 1966 under Connecticut General Statute 10-66a. Our mission is to promote the success of school districts and their communities. Collaboratively with them, we provide educational and related services. A continuing commitment to quality and excellence is our standard of performance.

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School Districts Served

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Students Served

What We Offer Employees 

EdAdvance values the benefits a diverse workforce brings to our students and community. We are committed to recruiting, supporting, mentoring, coaching and sustaining a highly motivated, diverse, dedicated, and enthusiastic staff. As an employee of EdAdvance, you can look forward to: 

  • A highly collaborative work environment

  • A high employee retention rate and recognition for years of service (at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years) Comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental Insurance (30+ hours/week)

  • Health & wellness programs

  • Reimbursement for Professional Development

  • Staff learning days

  • Agency-wide annual celebrations

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