Addresses findings of the Adverse Childhood Experience’s (ACE) study (grantees are familiar with this study) and suggests that Americans are ready for new approaches to address early childhood trauma and stress. This TED talk calls for a movement to address such trauma.
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2. Promoting Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
Promoting mental, emotional, and behavioral health involves the implementation of strategies to enhance the well-being of youth by promoting pro-social behavior, teaching coping skills, and developing students’ skills at decision making, self-awareness, and conducting relationships. The potential benefits of promoting mental, emotional, and behavioral health are greatest when (a) efforts are focused on young people and (b) schools offer a natural setting to foster such promotion.
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative aims to decrease the number of students who abuse substances, to improve school climate, and to reduce the number of students who are exposed to violence. To meet these goals, SS/HS fosters partnerships between schools and mental health organizations and programs, so that students and families can benefit from increased access to school-based universal promotion, prevention, and early intervention services as well as the delivery of a broader and more intensive array of community-based mental health services. SS/HS encourages the use of empirically supported strategies to promote mental health and well-being, and to enhance students’ social and emotional competence.
To increase the number of students receiving mental health services, Connecticut schools have engaged community mental health providers in delivering school-based care. The engagement and support of community mental health providers has led to an increase in students receiving school-based mental health services in all three participating SS/HS districts and in the state.
National data suggests that LGBTQ youth are at greater risk than their peers for mental health challenges, including depression and suicide. To better understand and support the mental health of LGBTQ students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, school and community leaders collected quantitative data on the health risks for these students, conducted focus groups, shared findings with stakeholders, and conducted two regional conferences.
The three LEAs (Lyon, Nye, and Washoe School Districts) partnered to develop and provide mental and behavioral health consultation, screening, assessment, and treatment for students and their families on site at school. As a result, services have been provided for 2,042 students (2013-2016 school years). The school districts and community agencies have developed the infrastructure and capacity to continue these services.
Wisconsin’s SS/HS Team and partners committed to promote and improve recognition and treatment of mental health challenges through improved inter-agency collaboration and improved access to treatment.
The Menominee Indian School District (MISD), located on the Menominee Tribal Nation in northeastern Wisconsin, was the only Native American LEA to participate in SAMHSA’s SS/HS State Expansion Program. Ninety-two percent of MISD’s students are Native American and 85% of students are economically disadvantaged suggesting a vulnerable and at-risk population. Historical trauma has affected the way of life for Menominee families and their children. Menominee’s economic, socioeconomic, behavioral health, and physical health issues are deeply rooted in past trauma.
The number of students receiving school-based mental health services each year has increased to over 1,800 in 2015-16, which is 16% of all students across the three SS/HS LEAs in Michigan. SS/HS created sustainable collaborations with community partners and strengthened the infrastructure to facilitate student access to mental health services, track referrals, provide trainings and workshops for staff and families, and streamline data collection and sharing.
The State and community leaders partnered to develop the Healthy Schools and Communities Resource Team. The purpose of the team is to promote integration and alignment of the work among Ohio’s federal-funding initiatives, including Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), Project AWARE, and School Climate Transformation Grants.
Approximately 20% of all children have some sort of mental health issue and only one third of those receive services. Of those students who do receive mental health services, 70% get them in the school setting.
This module describes policies, confidentiality issues, data collection, challenges, and funding for your Comprehensive School Mental Health Program.
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