About Best Self
BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. (BBH) officially formed on June 1, 2017 as a merger between Lakeshore Behavioral Health and Child and Adolescent Treatment Services. BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. (BBH) provides effective, accessible, and family focused behavioral health and educational services to promote health, hope, recovery, and an enhanced quality of life. The vision of BBH is that Individuals and families in Western New York will have access to a full continuum of high quality behavioral health and educational support services that they can utilize without fear of stigma or discrimination to achieve their full potential. The BBH Building Brighter Futures program (BBF) is designed to strengthen children, families and communities by promoting academic achievement, positive youth development and family literacy. The mission of BBF program is “To enhance Students’ academic achievement, economic security, and socio-emotional development and to foster lifelong interests in the arts, recreation, and other areas by providing high quality expanded learning opportunities that keep children safe, help them achieve, and that meaningfully engage and support adult family members in helping their children and families succeed.”
Building Brighter Futures (BBF) has been providing high quality school-based social-emotional supports and expanded learning programs for over eighteen years. BBF programming serves over 2,000 students and their families in grades K-12 at over 25 school and community based sites. BBH works with the following school Districts: Buffalo, Sweet Home, Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Lakeshore and Roy-Hart and has school-based mental health clinics in 7 Buffalo Public High Schools and 8 elementary and middle schools. The BBF Department includes the following programs: 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Extended School Day/Violence Prevention program, Closing the Gap, Empire After-school, Title 1 Supplemental Programming at the Erie County Detention Center, Buffalo Public School District Title 1 Extended Learning, Community Schools, Erie County Primetime and Positive Youth Development programs. BBH/CATS has been providing quality after-school/ expanded learning programming in partnership with the Buffalo Public School District for eighteen years and was an inaugural partner in the role out of Community Schools in October 2016.
In this program BBF offers students and their families from The North Park Campus an opportunity to participate in a proven program designed to promote academic achievement, health and wellness, college and career readiness and socio-emotional development. This is done by improving attendance rates, decreasing discipline referrals, increasing knowledge and use of pro-social skills and increasing participation in high quality well-structured enrichment and leadership/career development activities in a school based after-school program. Our BFF program at BPS #50 will serve North Park Campus Students to promote positive youth development, high quality academic/ college and career readiness enrichment opportunities to strengthen school connectedness and prepare students for their eventual economic self-sufficiency and life success. Our enrichments include collaborating with a variety of positive youth development organizations such as Girl Scouts, Engineering for Kids, JumpBunch, Young Audiences, The Buffalo Zoo, Algonquin Sports and more. The program is based on the Community Schools model and involves the delivery of many evidence-based programs and promising practices from the positive youth development field.