Since 2016, UF Health Psychiatry – Jacksonville has provided services in partnership with Duval County Public Schools through the UF Health School Psychiatry Program. The school-based program is staffed by Shirley Alleyne, MD, DFAACAP, a board-certified adult and pediatric psychiatrist.
Alleyne and her team visit each participating school monthly to provide mental health evaluations and treatment to students, free of charge.
They provide services once every five weeks and average about 200 meetings annually. In 2019, UF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows also began conducting evaluations with pediatric residents participating in the visits.
The program is currently based in six Duval County PRIDE Academy Schools, which include Arlington Middle School, Dupont Middle School, Holiday Hill Elementary School, Pinedale Elementary School, Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School and the Young Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academy at Eugene J. Butler. PRIDE schools serve students from kindergarten to 12th grade who have emotional and behavioral disabilities.