The Primary Intervention Program (PIP) goal is to help primary (K-3) students at funded schools get a good start in school by fostering a healthy self-concept and developing social skills, thereby improving school adjustment and academic achievement.
The Village @ Indian Hill
1460 E. Holt Ave., Suite 408
Pomona, CA 91767
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Sheila Lyons, Director
(909) 397-4711 x3844
Julie Muranka, Psychologist
Fax: (909) 469-6192
The Primary Intervention Program (PIP) is a school-based program designed for the early intervention and prevention of mild to moderate school adjustment difficulties in primary (K-3) grade students.
Through the use of a systematic selection process, the program identifies students who are experiencing adjustment problems and who could benefit from early intervention.
Once identified, these students receive mental health services from carefully selected, trained child aides who work under the supervision of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credentialed mental health professionals.
Each student is seen individually for weekly sessions in a specially designed and equipped activity room at the school. Referral services are provided for students whose needs are beyond scope of the PIP.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are students identified for participation in PIP?
A. The Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) professional staff, including a School Based Mental Health Professional, teacher, principal and members of the Student Success Team, will select students who are most appropriate for program services.
Systematic screening procedures using a team approach identify students for program placement. K-3 students are screened using the Walker Screening Instrument (WSI) which is a screening tool designed to identify young children experiencing school adjustment difficulties.
Participation will be based on the WSI score (i.e. rating of teacher-preferred social behavior, peer- preferred social behavior and social adjustment required for success in classroom settings) and other pertinent information (i.e. out-of-home placement, changes in family/home situation, behavioral/discipline referrals ).
Q. How does the PIP work?
A. Children selected to participate in the program will receive one-to-one, non-directive play experience from a child aide, once a week, for 30 to 40 minutes in a specially designated and equipped activity room. Identified children will follow a twelve to fifteen sessions timeline for program participation. Through non-directive play experience and their special friend's support of their choice of activities in a nurturing environment, children will gain confidence in expressing their feelings and work out their own problems related to school adjustment, adult and peer relations, social behavior, etc.
Q. Who are the child aides?
A. They are para-professionals who serve as a "Special Friend" and supportive listener helping the child deal with issues that may interfere with learning at school. They are culturally and ethnically sensitive and receive specific ongoing supervision and training from the School Based Mental Health Professional and the Mental Health Consultant. They provide non-directive play sessions for children that are designed to establish a positive, meaningful relationship to reduce school adjustment difficulties.
Q. Which schools are currently funded for participation in the Primary Intervention Program?
A. Elementary schools currently funded include: