You may have heard folks at BLP or Redmond SD talking about the new BRYT program. BRYT stands for Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition. When the state introduced the new Student Success Act (and attached funding) back in 2019, BLP and RSD chose to use (part of) their funding to adopt the BRYT model.
BRYT was developed out of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health in Massachusetts. The website for BRYT at the Brookline Center is here. BRYT is a research-based program designed to support students who have become disengaged with school due to a mental health crisis, a physical health extended illness, and/or significant trauma in their lives. Within BRYT, students are offered an adapted academic structure, a highly supportive environment, and specific policies and practices to promote good mental health and academic success. Each school in BLP and RSD has started a BRYT program this year.
Both BLP and RSD took the OT FTE that was dedicated to teaching mindfulness and shifted that FTE to have OT consultation for their BRYT programs. (For those who are interested in details, RSD took the FTE for both StepUP and the ABA program and used it for BRYT. BLP used the FTE from the former Tamarack behavior programs at North Star, Silver Rail and LaPine Elementary). For continuity, the districts asked Katie-Ann and Katie Diez to fulfill the BRYT FTE as we were familiar with their Tamarack and StepUp programs.
The goal of adding OT FTE to the program is to bridge the gap between the historically siloed general education and special education initiatives. Our districts see the value in our services and this is the first time ever we’ve integrated general education and special education services!
Students from both general ed and special education can access BRYT. The intent is NOT for these rooms to be self-contained “behavior” classrooms, but rather a space students may access at certain parts of the day, with support from BRYT staff in general ed classrooms as well. These programs are getting up and running, and each school is in a different stage. The programs will look slightly different from one school to the next. Please get in touch with Katie D or Katie-Ann if you have any questions. We are still figuring out what this will look like, but we will answer questions as best we can!