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What Are Some Strategies for Sustaining School Mental Health Programs?

Provides system of care communities with information on developing sustainable school mental health programs. The series focuses on strategies to consider in working with community mental health agencies, both public and private, and provides options for consideration in building school mental health programs that serve children and youth with serious mental
health needs.

Scope, Scale, and Sustainability: What It Takes to Create Lasting Community Change

Examines six factors related to the ability of a comprehensive community initiative to generate community-level outcomes and sustain them over time.  The six factors include: having a single broker or entity that holds the vision of the change effort; clearly defined roles; alignment among interventions, resources, and geography; meaningful community engagement; competent leadership and staff; and strategic, cross-level relationships.

Developing a Business Plan for Sustaining School Mental Health Services: Three Success Stories

Highlights three successful models (Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Minnesota) for sustaining school mental health services. Includes financial policies and processes that support their work, strategies for billing Medicaid and other third-party payers, and supplementing these patient-care revenues with public and private grant dollars and in-kind contributions.


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