Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health
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
"I am so grateful to not feel isolated in what I do. It was a reminder to stay anchored in my roots for sustenance and to use that information to assist the families and communities that we serve. Thank you for the information and the support. Please know that I appreciate all that you do. This was a very special time and I have been able to take that energy on all that we do."
– Terehasa Lee-MChunganji
Anchored in Our Roots participant
“Being in a public school district mental health is at the forefront of the work I do. NW MHTTC provides training that has allowed me to expand my mental health knowledge. This forum has allowed me to easily access information from experts across the state, gain ideas, resources, and participate in a community that is implementing evidence-based practices.”
– Kara Lamb
MTSS-SEB District Coach
Pasco School District
“ODE and the Mental Health in Education Team are grateful for the NW MHTTC team's continued partnership, collaboration, and tireless effort. We are strengthening Oregon's mental health literacy as a result of this partnership and look forward to continuing to work together!”
– B Grace Bullock, Ph.D.
Director of Mental and Behavioral Health
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
Northwest School Mental Health Supplement Reviews:
Year 1 - 4 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Summary
Year 4 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review
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
Classroom WISE: A Mental Health Literacy Course for Teachers and School Staff - Now Available!
- Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity WISE: A Companion Training to Classroom WISE - Now Available! - NEW
- Oregon Classroom WISE: Mental Health Literacy for All Oregonians - Now Available! - NEW
2022-2023 School Year
2023 SMART Speaker Series: Equity-Centered MTSS and Implications for School Mental Health
- Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims Presents: Transformative Systems through Equity - What are your powers? *Recording Now Available*
- Tynara Blount & Tianna Bilal Presents: Doing the work! Ensuring Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in Urban Implementation within the MTSS framework *Recording Now Available*
- Dr. Eddie Fergus Presents: The Climate of Educator Bias-based Beliefs Effect on MTSS Implementation
21st Annual NWPBIS Conference: Aligning Values and Action to Create Community
The MHTTC Network's RACE (Raising Awareness Commemoration Event) for Mental Health
Free One-Day Alaska Workshops: Effective Practices To Support Mental Health in Schools
National PBIS Leadership Forum 2022
2021-2022 School Year
>> Overview of Events from August 2021 to August 2022 School Year
2020-2021 School Year
>> Overview of Events from August 2020 - August 2021 School Year
2019-2020 School Year
>> Overview of Events from August 2019 - August 2020 School Year
Special Events in Response to COVID-19
The New Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988
Oregon Department of Education Launches Oregon Classroom WISE
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
Addressing The Impact of Racism and Associated Trauma | Resources to Support Youth in Schools and at Home
UW SMART Center 2022 Virtual Speaker Series - Recordings & Materials Resource Document
Managing Anxiety and Return to Schools Toolkit
Resources for Supporting Our Communities Through the Uvalde Tragedy
Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Series Resource Guide
Spring 2023 School Mental Health Newsletter
Winter 2023 School Mental Health Newsletter
>> Additional School Mental Health Products
School Mental Health Framework and Tool Guide
>> Additional School Mental Health 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
School Mental Health Director, Northwest MHTTC