National School Mental Health Best Practices

MHTTC National School Mental Health Best Practices:
Implementation Guidance Modules for States, Districts, and Schools


Co-developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) to help states, districts, and schools across the United States understand the core components of comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process around implementation of services, these implementation guidance modules focus on the following core features of effective school mental health initiatives:

  • Roles for Educators and Student Instructional Support Personnel 
  • Collaboration and Teaming 
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports 
  • Evidence-Informed Services and Supports 
  • Cultural Responsiveness and Equity 
  • Data-Driven Decision Making 

The modules are intended to be used with district teams that can influence, develop, and oversee school mental health systems at the school district and building levels. See a complete overview of the National School Mental Health Best Practices here. 

If you experience any technical issues with downloading the files below, please contact Jessica Gonzalez at [email protected]

Trainer Manual PDF                         

SMH Trainer Manual Cover


Participant Manual PDF

National School Mental Health Participant Manual


Module PowerPoint Slides:

Additional Resources:

Virtual Learning Sessions:

  • Virtual Learning Session 1: The Alphabet Soup of School Mental Health (SMH, PBIS, MTSS, SEL, RP): Getting Started and Aligning Efforts
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  • Virtual Learning Session 2: Mental Health Promotion (Tier 1)
    Recording | Transcript
  • Virtual Learning Session 3: Early Intervention/Treatment (Tiers 2 and 3)
    Recording | Transcript


  • Virtual Learning Session 4: Screening

Recording | Transcript

  • Virtual Learning Session 5: Funding/Sustainability

Recording | Transcript

Module Videos:

To help familiarize yourself with the material covered in each module, the Southeast MHTTC developed short, pre-recorded videos for each of the eight modules. Click below to view the videos for each module!


Since the modules were launched, they have been downloaded over 4,000 times across the United States and over 20 other countries! A heat map displaying the reach of the modules is available here.


Interested in accessing all resources included in the National School Mental Health Best Practices? Access the new National School Mental Health Best Practices Index: A Supplementary GuideThis document is an index to help users search and locate specific resources referenced within each of the 8 modules.

For information about local, state, and regional school mental health training and technical assistance activities, including with the implementation guidance modules, access the MHTTC in your region at


Questions about the MHTTC Network?
Contact the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office
Email: [email protected] Phone: (650) 721-8692


Questions about the SHAPE System or the National Quality Initiative?
Contact the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)
Email: [email protected] Phone: (410) 706-0980