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 youth and young adults of school age who have been exposed to violence, are experiencing a mental health disorder, or at risk of developing such a disorder.
The primary center goals are:
- Provide training and technical assistance on implementation of mental health services in schools and school systems.
- Build infrastructure and create learning communities.
- Support educational leaders to promote mental health for ALL.
“Northwest PBIS Network's regional work has been leveraged by our connection to the Northwest Region School Mental Health and MTSS Training and TA Center that is part of the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. We were able to provide a comprehensive school mental health strand at our 2019 conference, drawing in record attendance. We're also poised to dive deeper into regional collaborations, and break down some persistent obstacles to establishing a true system of care for students in our public schools.”
*Quote from Jessica Swain-Bradway, PhD, Executive Director, Northwest PBIS Network
Special Events in Response to COVID-19
- Considerations for Systematic Screening PK-12: Universal Screening for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in the COVID-19 Era - August 12, 2020
- Managing Anxiety & Return to School Webinar Series - September 9th, October 7th, December 9th - NEW
- Self Care and Compassion for the Educator Webinar Series - October 9th, November 12th, December 11th - NEW
- The ISF West Coast Party Webinars: Enhancing MTSS - Integrating Student Mental Health and Wellness through Systems, Data, and Practices - NEW
- LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Caregivers, followed by Q&A Session with Suicide Prevention Experts - April 2, 2020
- Be Our Lunch Date? A "Think Tank" Time: A Gathering of School Mental Health Practitioners to Surface School Mental Telehealth Needs and Resources - April 10, 2020
- Educator Wellness Webinars - April 3rd, April 24th, May 15th, June 3rd
- Psychological First Aid – Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach - May 13, 2020
- Building Protective Factors for Yourself and the School Community: The School Leader Series - April 30th, May 14th, June 4th
- Student Life Skills to Survive & Thrive During COVID-19 & Beyond - Live Q&A Sessions May 19th & June 16th
- Ambiguous Loss: Grieving in the Time of COVID-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session - May 27th, 2020
- Resources for Supporting the Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Families During COVID-19 - June 11th, 2020
- Hope & Cope 2020: A free webinar for youth age 14 - 21 - June 17th, 2020
"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
Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference - January 24-26, Anchorage, Alaska
2020 5th Annual Idaho Positive Behavior Network Conference - February 6-7, Boise, Idaho
18th Annual Northwest PBIS Network Conference - February 26-28, Tacoma, Washington
Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention Conference - April 8-10, Portland, Oregon - CANCELLED
Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Pre-Conference - June 11 & June 25, 2020 (Online)
Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Conference - June 29 - 30, 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)
Leading Our School Systems & Communities Through and After Wildfire - September 30, 2020 (Online)
- ISF 101: An Introduction Recorded Webinar | Presentation PDF
- ISF 201: When School Mental Health is Integrated within an MTSS Framework Recorded Webinar | Presentation PDF
- ISF 301: Installing an Integrated Approach Recorded Webinar | Presentation PDF
- September 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter - NEW
- August 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- July 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- June 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- May 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- April 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- February/March 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- January 2020 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- December 2019 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- November 2019 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- October 2019 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- August 2019 Northwest School Mental Health Newsletter
- Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered Models of Prevention (Ci3T)
- Idaho Positive Behavior Support
- Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF)
- MTSS Resource Page (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- National PBIS Technical Assistance Center
- National School Mental Health Curriculum
- Northwest PBIS Network
- SAMHSA's Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools
- School Safety
- Social Emotional Learning Modules (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
- Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators
- Trauma-Aware Schools
- Trauma-Engaged Schools Framework (Alaska Department of Education and Early Development)
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
MTSS/School Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Specialist