School-based Health Centers
BRISTOL AND PLAINVILLE
CHIPPENS HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL
551 PEACEDALE STREET
718 PINE STREET
SOUTH SIDE SCHOOL
21 TUTTLE ROAD
WEST BRISTOL SCHOOL
500 CLARK AVENUE
LINDEN STREET SCHOOL
69 LINDEN street, PLAINVILLE
Wheeler and the Bristol and Plainville Public Schools have partnered to expand access to health services for students and their families. New school-based behavioral health clinics employ a national cognitive behavioral intervention model to help students address trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and behavioral health issues, and provide other evidence-based interventions to address an array of problems, including anxiety, depression, academic and peer challenges, and more. Linkage to other services in the Bristol community, including assistance with SNAP enrollment and connections with primary and dental care at Wheeler's Family Health & Wellness Center, and a broad continuum of outpatient and community-based levels of care, also are provided. A Wheeler clinician supports each school location.
A sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services. Wheeler is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
About Wheeler’s Bristol School-based Health Center Clinicians
Rebecca Ruitto, LMFT, is a school-based Children’s Outpatient Services senior clinician, working with students at West Bristol and Greene-Hills School. She also is an outpatient senior clinician at Wheeler’s 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville location. Rebecca has worked in Wheeler’s Children’s Outpatient Services since 2014. She holds a Master’s degree from UConn. She also is a Connecticut-certified provider in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is trained in Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH –ADTC) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Bill Kania, LMFT, is the director of Wheeler’s Children’s Outpatient Services and provides administrative oversight for the agency’s Children’s Outpatient Services program. Bill has more than 22 years of experience providing behavioral health services at Wheeler. He has extensive experience in clinical work with children, adolescents and families, including treatment in outpatient, extended day and intensive outpatient levels of care. Bill is a champion of evidence-based practices and has provided leadership in implementing and achieving positive outcomes with evidence-based practices in both community-based and agency-based service types. These models include Multisystemic Therapy (MST), MST-Problem Sexual Behavior, and MST-Contingency Management and evidence-based trauma services such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Risking Connections and Project Joy. Bill has played a key role in expanding the scope of services in Children’s Outpatient to include school-based substance abuse evaluations, primary care integration and school-based behavioral health clinics.
Colleen Mascolo, LMFT, is a senior clinician in Wheeler’s Children’s Outpatient Services program and a school-based clinician at South Side School in Bristol. Colleen came to Wheeler in 2009 and holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. She is trained in a variety of evidenced-based practices, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Modular Approach to Therapy for Children With Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct problems (MATCH-ADTC) and is state-certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Amber Pierce, LMFT is a school-based Children’s Outpatient Services program senior clinician working with students of all ages at Chippens Hill Middle School. Amber began her work at Wheeler Clinic in 2014 in the Multisystemic Therapy Program and transitioned into Outpatient Services in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. Amber has specialties including working with children with substance use diagnoses, impulse-control and conduct related issues, trauma, co-occurring medical and mental health diagnoses, and mood disorders. Amber is trained in a variety of evidenced base practices including Assertive Community Treatment, Multisystemic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.