School Mental Health
SAMHSA has provided funding to the MHTTC to support training and consultation in the area of school mental health to teachers and school staff regarding mental health services for students. It is under this supplemental funding that we are able to offer training and consultation directly to schools and community organizations affiliated with the work of schools. We have the capacity and expertise to provide national webinars, general trainings, professional development meetings, and intensive technical assistance/consultation services on school mental health topics.
The objectives of these activities is to: communicate the importance of mental health supports in schools, enhance the capacity to recognize and identify mental health concerns in students, and to educate staff on the best models of school-based mental health services and when to link to community-based services.
Examples of potential professional development and training topics include: Youth Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Managing Traumatic Events in Schools, Trauma and Mental Health, Cultivating Resiliency, Suicide Prevention, Social Emotional Learning, Crisis Interventions, School Refusal and Anxiety, Staff Self-Care, and Advanced Mental Health Skills for Selected Staff.
The cost for these services is covered by the SAMHSA grant and are therefore no cost to the school.
For our current offerings, please see our activities calendar.
Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators - New! (Winter, 2020)
This school mental health resource, Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators, developed in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine:
Describes the role of educators in supporting student mental health
Explains the core components of mental health literacy
Provides an annotated list of existing resources and trainings that instruct educators on mental health literacy.
This product is now available on the national MHTTC website in the Products and Resources Catalog and can be found here.
The Northeast Caribbean MHTTC is partnering with the University of Maryland, Center for School Mental Health to facilitate online assessments to determine areas of strength and needed growth that can contribute to the development of a strategic quality improvement plan for a state, district, or school regarding their capacity to address the mental health needs of students. If you are interested in having your state, district, or school assessed please contact the MHTTC at [email protected]
The SHAPE System is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The NCSMH is committed to enhancing understanding and supporting implementation of comprehensive school mental health policies and programs that are innovative, effective, and culturally and linguistically competent across the developmental spectrum (from preschool through post-secondary), and three tiers of mental health programming (promotion, prevention, intervention). https://www.theshapesystem.com/
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, the National School Mental Health 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
This resource 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 Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules here.
To access this resource, click here.
After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office offers a new resource to help schools support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma.
After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources includes:
Strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy.
Places to turn to for more resources.
Terminology and concepts related to suicide and grief.
The publication also highlights the importance of providing culturally responsive services, with example cultural considerations for schools to help Hispanic/Latino students struggling with grief and trauma.
After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources is available for download from the MHTTC Products and Resources Catalog.