Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (“AIP”) is a private, nonprofit children’s mental health and special education organization that provides school- and community-based services to urban youth facing social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. A small, innovative organization focused on demonstrating new and more effective models for advancing the mental health and school success of children at high risk, AIP has defined a new model of public/private partnership for serving children with behavioral health problems.
Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention educates and supports Boston children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders within their own public schools and communities, rather than isolating them in separate schools outside the community. At the same time, AIP brings into the public schools innovative support programming that prevents problems and disruptions for other children in the school. The goal: To give all students, including those with social/emotional difficulties and those who are struggling in school, a chance to succeed in the least restrictive setting possible.
AIP operates a one-of-a-kind inclusion model therapeutic special education day program in partnership with a public school. At the same time, AIP coordinates comprehensive full-service school partnerships at two Boston public middle schools. AIP also provides mental health services to children and youth with serious difficulties at close to a dozen other schools and in children’s homes. Our programs run before school, during school, after school, in the evenings, over the summer, and on weekends, involving our students, their families, and the community. AIP’s programs blend therapeutic, special education, and prevention approaches.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, AIP directs most of its services and advocacy toward the children and families of the Boston Public Schools. AIP works at the Washington Irving Middle School (in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston), the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School (in the Grove Hall/Dorchester neighborhood of Boston), and a number of other public schools in Boston’s Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods. In the community, AIP works in the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere, Massachusetts.
AIP has demonstrated a sustainable model of public/private partnership for improving students’ emotional and educational outcomes. Some core benefits:
- Troubled youth learn to manage their symptoms and behaviors so that they can function successfully in a healthy peer environment, in mainstream classrooms, and in the real world.
- Significant cost savings for the school district.
- Children with social/behavioral disorders remain in mainstream school and community environments and remain focused on returning to typical classrooms and community activities.
- Reduction of the stigma often associated with mental health problems.
- Families are involved in their children’s education.
- Prevention of problems and high-risk behaviors.
- Advancing children’s healthy self-esteem, self-confidence, constructive decision-making, resilience, resistance, and social relationships.
- Significant academic gains for children struggling in school.
Since its founding in 1995, AIP has earned a place as an innovative leader for full-service schools, therapeutic after-school and summer programming, special education for children with emotional or behavioral disorders, and child/youth mental health treatment and prevention.