School Mental Health

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About us:

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 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

The Back-to-School Series 


The Well-Being Series 

"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

Current Events:

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

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

Washington MTSS Fest  - August 12, 2021- NEW


Past Events

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)

Events from August 2019 - August 2020 

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

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



Announcing the Launch of 'A Mindful State' - NEW

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 



Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Series Resource Guide - NEW

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

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

Year 2 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review 

Year 1 Northwest MHTTC School Mental Health Supplement Review  

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
School Mental Health Director, Northwest MHTTC