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Department of Education
The School-Based Health Alliance, in order to have the greatest positive impact, school-based mental health services should be fully blended into the framework of the school and should follow a few best practices.
School-based mental health services should:
In order to support your district’s efforts to build infrastructure and staff capacity within these best practices, we have identified vetted tools and provide them here to support your school-based mental health program.
Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools: The National Association of School Psychologists has pointed out that trauma informed schools promote: Feelings of physical, social, and emotional safety in students. These resources will help you develop a shared understanding among staff about the impact of trauma and adversity on students and staff.
Suicide Prevention: Resources to assist with compliance of AB 2246 and AB 1767.
School-Based Health Centers: These are centers of health in schools where students are based. They can offer a full range of age-appropriate health care services, typically including: primary medical care, mental/behavioral health care, dental/oral health care, health education, substance abuse counseling, case management and nutrition education.
The SHAPE System: SHAPE has the tools teams need to improve school mental health programming by providing school mental health quality assessment, resource library, custom reports and a library of free and low-cost screening and assessment measures. The following guides align with the MHTTC National School Mental Health Curriculum.
Screening: School mental health screening is a systematic process to identify the strengths and needs of students. It supports the identification of students who may be experiencing or are at risk of experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties. The following national resources provide screening measure examples and guidance in how to support youth with early identification strategies.
School-Based Mental Health Programs: These county, state and national resources provide guidance in the development, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of student mental health programs and services.
Return to School After Covid-19: The following national resources provide guidance in providing social, emotional and mental health support to students during and after a return to school after Covid 19.
Medi-Cal Reimbursement: As schools and local educational agencies seek out ways to fund and sustain school based mental health services, Medi-Cal funded services have the potential to grow significantly in schools. The following resources provide information to support third party billing and the development of Medi-Cal funded mental health support.
If you are a District Designee and need additional information or have any questions, please reach out to your Regional Mental Health Coordinator.