PASS Cape Cod

Positive Alternative to School Suspension

Cape Cod's Positive Alternative to School Suspension

A Supportive Space for Academics & Self Discovery

The Cape Cod Pass Program is a safe and supportive environment for high school students facing suspension. The problem behavior that leads to suspension can indicate an underlying issue.

The moment of suspension is also a moment for intervention and a vital opportunity to change outcomes for these students. Students will benefit from a therapeutic environment where they are also able to access their academics.

If we can get ahead of the substance use and/or mental health issues that our community’s teens struggle with more and more, we will open a future of wellness, health, resilience, and productivity for a generation of young people.

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Expanding access to treatment and recovery support for Cape Cod  young people continues to drive our efforts at Behavioral Health Innovators. Building off recommendations from a Community Partnership Committee in 2019, BHI received a grant from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to pilot a Positive Alternative to School Suspension (PASS) program[1].

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Rather than a potentially harmful and unproductive punishment, school districts will have an option for students that provides them with a way forward. Provided with assessment, programming, and services that will benefit them, these students can return to the classroom and find success.

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School Resources

Material and processes for the schools:
  • Referral Process
  • PASS Student Information and Parent/Guardian Release Forms
  • Collaboration with high schools and re-entry plan
  • Intake Forms
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Comments from PASS Students

  • “It’s a very comfortable environment and I think it’s very well set up. I feel very welcome here, like I’m being heard and understood even though we’re all strangers.”
  • “I felt welcomed and comfortable.”
  • “They helped me with my work.”