Mental health concerns among youth are an area of growing concern among educators, parents, and the community. Untreated mental health issues that impair a student’s functioning can have dire consequences on student outcomes, including poor academic performance, poor social skill development, and increased disciplinary consequences. Students with untreated mental health also can negatively affect the learning environment. Interruptions to the lesson, poor peer-interaction skills, and time off-task can contribute to a diminished learning environment for all students. Providing consistent, evidence-based, mental health interventions at school to meet the needs of students with mental health issues can result in positive outcomes for the school community. This paper presents critical elements of school-based mental health programs and the implications for school districts in designing their own school-based mental health services. A set of training modules, protocols, and a website titled “School-Based Mental Health Resources: A Website Resource for School Districts,” which outlines tools for building effective school-based mental health programs, are included. Expert reviewers and field test participants evaluated the PowerPoint training modules, protocols, and the website and provided feedback on accessibility and content. They indicated that the website was useful and effective and would assist district-level educators with designing, building, and implementing school-based mental health services in their schools. Distributing the website link and training modules to school districts can help district leaders to garner support for school-based mental health services in their school district. There are also resources for school site leadership, teachers, and student support staff. Recommendations for further research should examine sustainability activities for school districts that provide school-based mental health services.
|School:||Alliant International University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Mental health, Multi-tiered systems of support, School-based mental health|
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