The Center for Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools (BHELS)

Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools 

Partnering to create more just, healthy, and productive learning environments.

We provide school districts, leaders, and educators with a holistic, integrated set of programs, professional learning opportunities, and behavioral and mental health resources designed to foster healthy school climates. We view challenges through a psychology-informed lens—enabling us to identify root causes, and provide high-impact solutions.

What's in a name?

We work with you to create equitable, emotionally healthy, and safe learning and working environments. Our name represents our core areas of commitment.

Behavioral Health

Students' emotional wellbeing is critical to their development and academic growth.  Based on a wealth of clinical expertise from research and practice, our systemic consultation and programming supports student mental health and the promotion of a healthy school climate for adults and students.


Our work is centered on collaborative development to achieve the goals of equity and inclusivity.  We are intentional and purposeful, and work to create sustainable positive change.


Programs build leadership capacity at the classroom, school and district level through systemic development of climate and culture, equity, teamwork and instructional practices. Leadership licensure, degree and certificate programs are offered for aspiring superintendent, principal and educator cohorts.


Like you, we envision a system where all students have access to trained educators who believe in them; where all educators work in schools with strong cultures that believe inspired learning is attainable for all; where efforts are aligned and consistent with goals and values; where teachers and leaders are reflective learners who collaborate to achieve better results for students; and where all adults and students embrace a focus on continuous improvement. Let's work together to make this vision a reality.

Meet Our Team

Freedman Consulting Service

The Freedman Consulting Service evolved from the Richard I. and Joan L. Freedman Center for Child and Family Development, and the Freedman family's commitment to improving access to mental health resources.


Interface Referral Service

A longtime trusted partner to communities and individuals, the William James College Interface Referral Service provides subscribing communities—including school districts, schools, students, and families—with safe, reliable access to mental health professionals, care, and resources.


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Are you ready for lasting change? We're ready to partner with you.

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