Behavioral Health Services

  • Ms. Pullen, Ms. Harbin and Ms. Paritee FMC staff at Thurgood Marshall

    The Family Medical Center of Michigan, Inc. has partnered with Detroit Public Community Schools District to provide Behavioral Health Services to children at Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School.  

    Services Offered

    Telemedicine: Video Conferencing at school

    Students will be able to meet with a psychiatrist at FMC, face-to-face, via a video appointment that is facilitated by onsite FMC staff. An assessment will be completed and appropriate medications can be prescribed.


    Students will meet with an FMC Behavioral Health Specialist in-person at the school for the following services:

    School-Based Assessment 

    Students will be assessed to evaluate the concerns related to the child and determine the appropriate services and interventions needed.


    School-Based Testing

    Students will be tested if needed for childhood diagnoses, such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.


    School Based-Therapy

    The student will receive individualized therapy to develop coping skills and work on symptom and stress management.


    Reasons to seek FMC services/signs that your child is experiencing behavioral health issues

    Home Concerns

    • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
    • Isolation from friends and/or family
    • A change in sleep pattern
    • Behavioral issues (not following directions, breaking rules at home, etc)
    • Engaging in dangerous, illegal or thrill-seeking behaviors
    • Increased arguments at home


    School Concerns

    • Decreased school performance
    • Absenteeism
    • Resistance to attending school
    • Trouble focusing, concentrating or remembering information
    • Behavioral issues (receiving detentions, suspensions, etc.)
    • A lack of friends
    • Feelings of anger or sadness related to school


    Emotional/Psychological Concerns

    • Feeling of hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, and/or crying often
    • Frequent aggression, disobedience, or lashing out verbally
    • Excessive neglect of personal appearance or hygiene
    • Weight gain or loss/change in energy levels
    • Substance use or abuse
    • Making critical comments about themselves
    • Signs of cutting, burning or other self-harm
    • Difficulty coping with grief and loss
    • History of Trauma


    If interested, please contact Shachara Pullen, Medical Support Coordinator for an appointment between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 313.969.3812. Ms. Pullen can also be reached via email at  

    The following staff members also assist Ms. Pullen:

    Shantael Harbin, LLMSW,

    Stephanie Paritee, LLMSW,