National SMH Curriculum

MHTTC National School Mental Health Curriculum:
Guidance and Best Practices 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, this national school mental health curriculum focuses 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 curriculum is 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 Curriculum here. 


Please see below to download the curriculum materials!


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

Trainer Manual PDF                         

SMH Trainer Manual Cover


Participant Manual PDF

National School Mental Health Participant Manual


Module PowerPoint Slides:

Download all PowerPoint Slides (Zip file)

Download all resources included in modules (Zip file)

Virtual Learning Sessions:

  • Virtual Learning Session 1: The Alphabet Soup of School Mental Health (SMH, PBIS, MTSS, SEL, RP): Getting Started and Aligning Efforts
    Recording | Transcript
  • 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

For information about local, state, and regional school mental health training and technical assistance activities, including with the National School Mental Health Curriculum, access the MHTTC in your region at


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


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