School- Based Mental Health Program
Educators are often the first line of support in addressing mental health needs for students. They recognize the impact a student's mental health has on learning and achievement and realize that there's a great deal that can be done to help students in the school setting.
In response, the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has developed training, technical assistance, and resources to support school- based mental health. The MHTTC team continues to develop online resource guides and toolkits as well as curricula and self-paced trainings to assist school professionals in understanding and implementing core concepts of best practices in school mental health. The Mountain Plains MHTTC team members are also available for technical assistance and in person or distance training on topics and issues most relevant to your school, district, or state.
Primary goals of the Mountain Plains MHTTC School-Based Mental Health Program include:
- Provide training and technical assistance on implementation of evidence based mental health services, supports, and programs in schools and districts.
- Build capacity and create learning communities among educators.
- Provide resources and support for schools, districts, and teachers to address trauma and incorporate trauma responsive practices in the classroom.
- Integrate mental health into teacher preparation so teachers are prepared to support all students.
Current Mountain Plains MHTTC School-Based Initiatives
- School Mental Health Toolkit
This is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in schools. The toolkit will help you make the case for schools to implement practices such as screenings, suicide prevention, and wellness plans.
- Building Capacity of School Personnel to Promote Positive Mental Health in Children and Youth
Free Self-Paced Continuing Education (6 contact hours) opportunity for all school personnel. The purpose of this course is to build capacity of frontline interdisciplinary personnel to address the mental health needs of children and youth in schools by embedding strategies throughout the day using a multi-tiered approach. Participants will learn how to implement Every Moment Counts model programs and embedded strategies (everymomentcounts.org). Emphasis is on knowledge translation and implementation of evidence-based mental health promotion and prevention strategies within a Community of Practice (CoP).
- Trauma Informed Care and Practices 3-part webinar series
Dr. Tami DeCoteau, a national expert on trauma-informed care, offers insight to providers and educators interested in gaining a deeper understanding of trauma, including content on historical trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The science of trauma-informed care compels us to look more deeply into the human physiological process and understand how DNA provides evidence of intergenerational trauma. Sessions included: Regulatory Strategies, Sensory Strategies, Correcting Behaviors.
- Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools: A Resource Guide
This resource guide provides an examination of policy and practice implications and offers tools to assess students’ needs. Included are suggestions for next steps and evidence-based strategies to assist rural school officials in meeting the mental health needs of their student body.
- National School Mental Health Curriculum
To help states, districts, and schools across the United States understand the core components of comprehensive school mental health and plan for implementation, the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) developed a national school mental health curriculum focused on the following: Educators and Student Instructional Support Personnel, Collaboration and Teaming, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Evidence-Informed Services and Supports, Cultural Responsiveness and Equity and Data-Driven Decision Making. The curriculum includes a trainer manual, participant manual, 8 slide decks designed for delivery in one-hour in-person sessions, and 5 recorded virtual learning sessions.
Training and technical assistance is available to all states/district in Region 8 to bring all or parts of this training to you. Please contact us to get more information and let us know how we can support your efforts to improve school mental health.
School Mental Health
- National Center for School Mental Health
- SHAPE system
- School Mental Health Literacy Toolkit - Teen Mental Health.org
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Rural School Mental Health
Trauma Responsive Practices
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Turnaraound for Children
- National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments- Building Trauma Sensitive Schools- Online Training Package