National School Mental Health Projects
In an effort to address the issues that impact access and provision of mental health services in schools across the US, the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office is identifying and facilitating cross-network and cross-regional activities to promote screening for mental health issues in schools, adoption of evidence-based mental health practices by school personnel, and capacity of schools to appropriately refer students to mental health services. We are partnering with the National Center for School Mental Health, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, to provide the following:
*NEW* Access the MHTTC National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts and Schools
To help states, districts, and schools advance comprehensive school mental health, as well as engage in a planning process around implementation of services, the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office and National Center for School Mental Health developed a national school mental health curriculum.
Now Available! The MHTTC National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools.
To access the curriculum, click here.
The curriculum contains:
- Trainer manual
- Participant manual
- 8 slide decks – each module is designed for delivery in one-hour in-person sessions
- 5 recorded virtual learning sessions (April – August 2019) - each recording is 75 minutes
The curriculum focuses on the following core components of comprehensive school mental health:
- 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 by district teams to influence, develop, and oversee school mental health systems at the school district- and building-levels. District teams may include:
- School District Leaders (e.g., Superintendent, School Board)
- School Administrators (e.g., Principal, Assistant Principal)
- District Mental Health Director or Student Services Supervisor (e.g., Director of Student Services, District Supervisor School Psychologists/Social Workers/Counselors)
- Community Behavioral Health Agency Supervisor/Director (e.g., Clinical Director of an agency that provides school-based services in the district)
- Youth/Family Advocate or Consumer
The modules align with the national performance domains and indicators established as part of the National Quality Initiative on School Health. Each module includes resources and tools to support learning extensions and can be adapted and built upon to be contextualized to regions, states, and districts.
See a complete overview of the National School Mental Health Curriculum here.
National School Mental Health Learning Collaborative
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine recently co-facilitated the National School Mental Health Learning Collaborative. The purpose of the Learning Collaborative was to build state and regional capacity to advance comprehensive school mental health policies and practices, tailored to local strengths and needs, based on shared learning and technical assistance.
The Learning Collaborative officially kicked off in March with an intensive 2-day In-Person Learning Session in Maryland. Over 160 participants were in attendance, including MHTTC Center staff and state and district mental health and education leaders representing 36 states. In addition, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use, Department of Health and Human Services, provided opening remarks on the second day. Overall, the meeting provided a wealth of information that we hope will be helpful in advancing comprehensive school mental health policies and practices across the nation.
The in-person learning session was just one component of the National School Mental Health Learning Collaborative. The MHTTC Network Coordinating Office and the NCSMH hosted five Virtual Learning Sessions that all Learning Collaborative participants were invited to attend. The sessions provided didactic content, aligned with the National School Mental Health Curriculum modules, and participants were asked to share progress and lessons learned on specific improvement goals related to school mental health. In addition, participants exchanged resources, tools, templates, and other materials within the collaborative to promote shared learning. To access recordings of the five Virtual Learning Sessions, click here.
If you have any questions regarding the National School Mental Health Learning Collaborative, please contact Jessica Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org
The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System
The was developed by the NCSMH for education and mental health leadership to document the landscape of school mental health and then to engage in a quality improvement process to enhance these systems. The SHAPE System is a free, private, web-based portal that offers a virtual workspace for school mental health teams at school, district, and state levels to document, track, and advance quality and sustainability improvement goals as well as assess trauma responsiveness. The SHAPE System also offers access to free action planning, mapping, program implementation resources and other critical tools to advance comprehensive school mental health systems.
Currently, the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office is collaborating with the NCSMH to refine current and develop new resources, tools, and curricula for the SHAPE system that address unique regional and state considerations. Enhancements to the SHAPE System will include expanding the capacity of the state dashboard to allow for viewing of progress across regions, and offering districts and states a more targeted and personalized action planning and mapping process for quality improvement in school mental health. The new SHAPE System will launch Fall 2019.