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Mental health and schools: The interconnected systems framework

from By: Susan Barrett, Lucille Eber & Mark Weist via CASE

Collaborations between education and mental health systems have emerged at the local, state and national levels. Each of these initiatives has introduced values, strategies, practices, vocabulary and funding mechanisms. Individually, they have solidified our understanding that education and mental health are interconnected. Collectively, they have highlighted the gaps in understanding, roles and relationships. In this monograph, three federally supported centers have come together to make the connections explicit by focusing on roles of school employed and community employed practitioners in a comprehensive program of tiered interventions. Grounded in positive behavioral interventions and supports, an evidence based approach funded by the office of Special Education Programs, each chapter also draws on the lessons learned by the Center for School Mental Health (funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the IDEA Partnership also funded by OSEP). The chapters focus on leverage points and tell the story of "crossing the boundaries" at the state, local and building level. Each chapter is co-written by leaders from education and mental health and a stakeholder developed chapter articulates the support and concerns from the array of potential partners.

The ISF Monograph is an iterative document that will continue to evolve over time. Tools, learning activities and practice protocols will be added as contributors from around the country submit their insights and experiences. Download the document and think about how you can add to the collective knowledge that is the ISF. more

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