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In addition to regular training activities and special areas of focus, the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (Northwest) has received funding to support increased training and technical assistance for school mental health in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. To operationalize this support Northwest has partnered with the University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, a national leader in developing and supporting implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in schools, including prevention, early intervention, and intensive supports. 

The Northwest School Mental Health (SMH) and Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Center, within the UW SMART Center, supports school mental health efforts with the goal to build a single system of delivery in which education and mental health systems are integrated across the tiers.  

The primary center goals are:

  • Provide training and technical assistance on implementation of mental health services in schools and school system
  • Build infrastructure and create learning communities
  • Support educational leaders to promote mental health for ALL
  • Foster regional alliances and collaborative efforts


"WASA is 'beyond grateful' to NW MHTTC SMH for the timely training during a pandemic offered to our school district leaders during the past year. The workshop directly impacted students and staff members!"

*Quote from Mike Nelson, Assistant Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators

"Thank you for what you guys do through the NW MHTTC and SMART. A price cannot be put on the value I place in the information you guys have provided. It has been incredibly useful for my line of work." 

*Quote from Sierra Jackson, QMHA Culture of Care Coach


988 is the new suicide & crisis lifeline and is now active. 

Effective July 16, 2022, funded in part by SAMHSA and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, texts and calls to 988 and chats to are answered by a network of prepared call centers around the U.S. It is a direct connection to compassionate, accessible support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress, including thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. 

The nationwide transition to 988 as a three-digit call, text, and chat line is just the first important step in reimagining crisis support in the U.S. Behavioral health providers should stay informed about 988 and emerging crisis services such as mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization services. 

Help spread the word about 988: 

SAMHSA has added downloadable print files for wallet cards, magnets, and posters to its 988 Partner Toolkit. The toolkit already includes logo and brand guidelines, key messages, frequently asked questions, fact sheets (English and Spanish), radio PSA scripts (English and Spanish), and more. 988 print materials are available for ordering from the SAMHSA store and social media shareables about the basics of 988 are also available.

For more information: 


Current Events:

National PBIS Leadership Forum 2022 - October 27 - 28, 2022NEW

Classroom WISE: A Mental Health Literacy Course for Teachers and School Staff - Now Available! 


Past Events

2021-2022 School Year

Overview of Events from August 2021 to Present

Sound Supports 12th Annual Virtual Summer Institute 2022 - August 16 - 17, 2022 

MTSS Integrated Systems Conference 2022 - August 4 - 5, 2022 

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference 2022 - June 26 - 28, 2022 

Anchored in Our RootsRestoring Our Ancestral Healing Practices for Self-Care and Wellness - June 1, 2022 

Washington OSPI MTSS PLC - October 2021 - May 2022 

The Washington Mental Health Summit 2022May 17, 2022 

2022 UW SMART (Virtual) Center Speaker Series - February 23 - May 25, 2022

The 19th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support - April 13 - 16, 2022, San Diego, CA 

The 20th Annual NWPBIS Conference 2022 - Still Connected: Relationships, Resilience, and Belonging - April 12 - 14, 2022, Tacoma, WA 

Healing School Communities: Shifting the Dominant Paradigm to Center Student Wellness - February 8 - March 22, 2022 

Leading With Youth Voice Series - January 24 & February 7, 2022 

The Mental Health Impacts of Surviving COVID-19: Implications for School Mental Health Systems Leaders and Providers Part II - November 22, 2021 

Anchored in Our Roots: Decolonizing Self-Care for BIPOC School Mental Health Providers - November 16, 2021

Managing Anxiety & The Return To Schools - November 3, 2021 

Virtual PBIS Leadership Forum 2021 - October 26 - 28, 2021 

Annual NCSMH Conference 2021 on Advancing School Mental Health - October 14 - 15, 2021

COVID's Disproportionate Impact on Youth Now and Tomorrow - October 7 - 8, 2021 

Idaho's ISCA-ISPA-SSWAI- 2021 Superconference “Stronger Together”: Uniting our Strengths for all Students - October 7, 2021

WASA Fall Conference 2021 Permission To Feel... Permission To Lead - September 26 - 28, 2021 

Lunch, Listen, and Learn: COVID-19 Back-to-Classroom THINK Toolbox and New Resources - September 10, 2021


2020-2021 School Year

Overview of Events from August 2020 - August 2021 School Year

Washington MTSS Fest  - August 12, 2021

Summer Institute 2021 - Renew, Restore, Restart: Adapting Tiered Supports for the New Now - August 9, 2021 

The Mental Health Impacts of Surviving COVID-19: Implications for School Mental Health - June 25, 2021

Virtual AWSP & WASA Summer Conference 2021 - June 2021

Washington MTSS PLC - January - June 2021 

MHTTC National School Mental Health Best Practices - Always and Now 8-Part Learning Series  February - May 2021 

SMART Center 2021 Virtual Speaker Series -  March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, 2021 

Connections We Need: Supporting the Resiliency of Youth and Young Adults - April 16, 2021 

Optum Idaho Virtual Conference - April 13 - 14, 2021 

The 18th International Virtual Conference on Positive Behavior Support - March 17 - March 19, 2021 

Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? - February 25 & March 4, 2021

19th Annual NWPBIS Network Conference - February 24 - 26, 2021 

WSCA Virtual Annual ConferenceFebruary 24 - 26, 2021 

Alaska Autism Resource Center's 2020 Online Autism Conference November 9-11, 2020 (Online)

Leading Our School Systems & Communities Through and After Wildfire - September 30, 2020 (Online)


2019-2020 School Year

Overview of Events from August 2019 - August 2020 School Year

Considerations for Systematic Screening PK-12: Universal Screening for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in the COVID-19 Era - August 12, 2020 (Online)

Northwest PBIS Summer Institute - August 13, 2020 (Online) 

Supporting School Mental Health in the Context of Racial Violence July 31 & August 7th, 2020 (Online) 

Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Conference - June 29 - 30, 2020 (Online) 

Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Pre-Conference - June 11 & June 25, 2020 (Online) 

Virtual MTSS Fest 2020 - April 22, 2020 (Online)

The Well-Being Series April 2 - June 17th, 2020 (Online)

18th Annual Northwest PBIS Network Conference February 26-28, 2020, Tacoma, Washington 

Interconnected Systems Framework Discussion Hours February 20, 2020 - August 11th, 2020

2020 5th Annual Idaho Positive Behavior Network Conference - February 6-7, 2020, Boise, Idaho

Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference  - January 24-26, 2020, Anchorage, Alaska 

Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools Webinars November 13, 2019 - May 13th, 2020 (Online)

Interconnected Systems Framework Webinars October 22, 2019 - January 21st, 2020

Northwest Interconnected Systems Framework Demonstration Project


Special Events in Response to COVID-19

The Back-to-School Series 


The Well-Being Series 



School Mental Health Supports for Ukrainian Refugees in Poland 

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Resource on Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health 

Tier 1 School-Based Mental Health Literacy Library 

Announcing the Launch of 'A Mindful State' 

News Article: Washington students are facing a mental health crisis. Here’s why schools are on the front lines - The Seattle Times 

The Case for School Mental Health Brief 

Journal Publication: Rates for Mental Health Service Utilization 

Journal Publication: What Happens When Training Goes Virtual? 

MHTTCs Implementing Change Stories Featuring Northwest MHTTC: Interconnected Systems Framework Demonstration Project 

School Mental Health Initiative in Idaho Leads to Greater Mental Health Integration In Schools

School Mental Health Team Featured at 2020 Northwest PBIS Conference in Tacoma 

Resource from the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, "Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators"

School Mental Health Initiative in Idaho 


Northwest School Mental Health Supplement Reviews:

Years 1-3 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Summary 

Year 3 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review 

Year 2 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review 

Year 1 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review



Managing Anxiety and Return to Schools Toolkit 

Resources for Supporting Our Communities Through the Uvalde Tragedy 

Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Series Resource Guide 

UW SMART Center 2021 Virtual Speaker Series - Recordings & Materials Resource Document 

Behavioral Health Impacts During & After Covid-19: What to Expect and Ways to Prepare for the Return to In-Person Learning

Fact Sheet: Supporting Native American & Alaska Native Youth in School Settings

School Mental Health Practice Brief: Effective Programs to Address Trauma in Schools  

Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools Webinars 

Interconnected Systems Framework Webinars 

Interconnected Systems Framework Discussion Hours 


FREE! Self-Paced, School Mental Health Recorded Webinars

Suicide Prevention Month 2020 Resources 


Highlighted Resources:


Looking for more resources? Check out our resources page here

How to get involved:

  • Join the mailing list for alerts about trainings, monthly e-newsletters, tools and resources. Sign up Here!
  • Let us know about: 
    • School Mental Health and MTSS workforce needs.
    • Upcoming events that could be shared with others and/or enhanced by SMH or MTSS presentations.
    • Other state, district, or regional leaders who should know about our center.
    • Partnership opportunities.


For more information, contact:

Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd
[email protected]
School Mental Health Director, Northwest MHTTC