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Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools

Publication Date: Aug 13, 2019

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The Mountain Plains MHTTC recently released a new product addressing rural school mental health. This guide provides resources specific to addressing the unique mental health training and technical assistance needs of schools serving rural and remote communities. School administrators, faculty, and support staff are facing increasing pressure to respond to a host of unmet mental health needs of students in K-12 and higher education. In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a resource to assist states and schools in addressing mental health and substance use disorders. Underscoring the purpose of the document was a recognition that schools, communities, and families often lack “comprehensive treatment and services for children and youth.” That is particularly true in rural communities. This resource builds off of information developed by SAHMSA and walks through an individual case in a rural community sharing best practices and models for addressing student mental health.