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 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

The Back-to-School Series - NEW


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


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 MTSS Fest 2020 - April 22, 2020 (Online)

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)



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 



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 - NEW

Suicide Prevention Month 2020 Resources - NEW


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
MTSS/School Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Specialist