School Mental Health Workforce



Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Sustainability in Your School Community (May 2022)

Part I (May 2022)

Part II (May 2022)

How do we approach achieving longevity of our school mental health initiatives? We face changing resources, complex challenges, and many moving parts. Adaptive leadership offers a strategic framework for how to think about the issues, generate solutions, and implement lasting change. In this first of two sessions, we present core tenants and practices to guide your efforts for ongoing impact. In the second session, we review core tenants and share advanced practices for leading efforts for lasting school mental health impact.


Creating Cultures of Staff Wellness and Care for our Schools and Community Partners (July 2021)
Part I: In this Moment: Nudging Ourselves Towards Inner Calm and Connection
Part II: Listening to Scientists and our Grandmothers: Taking Care of a Human Being
Part III: Creating intentional Cultures of Wellness and Care Where Staff Can Thrive

In this three-part webinar series, we share information about conditions that support health, regulation, and healing when stress levels are high and enduring. We provide tools and strategies that can be used to prevent stress from becoming harmful, or to ensure you and your workplace bounce back from it when it gets you down. We begin with a focus on what you are experiencing right now and connect you to concrete ways to understand and change how you experience stress. Next in the series, we build your capacity to act individually and collectively to support the emotional health of self and colleagues during times of stress. Finally, we focus on how leadership establishes or strengthens cultures of care in order for all staff to thrive.


Workforce Wellness Strategies (July 2021)

Module 1: Quality Sleep

Module 2: Supportive Relationships

Module 3: Mindfulness

Module 4: Mental Health

Module 5: Access to Nature

Module 6: Physical Movement

Module 7: Nutrition

This seven-module video series complements the webinar series titled Creating Cultures of Staff Wellness and Care for our Schools and Community Partners. Each short video provides an overview of an evidence- based self-care strategy that is recommended to reduce stress hormones, enhance neuroplasticity, and reduce inflammation – all of which play important roles in counteracting the body's stress response and in improving health and well-being.


Recruitment and Retention of SMH Providers (December 2020)

Part I: An Overview (December 2020)

This webinar highlights the importance of sustaining the school mental health workforce for achieving effective, high-quality school mental health services. Dr. Mark Weist and Dr. Janet Cummings discuss recruitment and retention approaches that community mental health providers and local education agencies may want to consider implementing to support these goals, the current evidence concerning these approaches, and key resources to inform implementation efforts.


Part II: Innovative Strategies (December 2020)
This webinar explored the innovative approaches and experiences of leading provider organizations and their partners as they work to recruit and retain school mental health providers. Ms. Nikki Raymond (CEO, Georgia HOPE) discussed the diverse array of strategies her organization has employed and their impact, and Dr. Mark Sander (Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County School System) discussed his experience coordinating 18 mental health agencies’ efforts as they develop and support the school mental health workforce.



A Key Consideration When Staffing School-Based Mental Health Programs: Hire or Partner? (June 2021)

Local Education Agencies generally have two staffing approaches to provide school-based mental health services: (1) hire their own personnel, and (2) partner with community-based providers. This infographic outlines the advantages of each staffing approach in regard to administrative burden, access to services, and revenue.


Why Is the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) Medicaid Benefit Underutilized in Financing School-based Mental Health Services? (October 2020)

The infographic describes a pernicious cycle through which the mental health workforce shortage leads to underuse of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit in Medicaid, and how, in turn, underuse of EPSDT may have implications for the mental health workforce shortage.



Recruitment and Retention of School Mental Health Providers: Strategies and Key Resources (July 2021)
Executive Summary This report describes organizational and policy level strategies to improve recruitment and retention of school mental health providers. Additionally, it identifies resources developed by reputable organizations to facilitate implementation of these strategies. The report aims to provide useful guidance on developing and maintaining the school mental health workforce for organizations (e.g. schools, school districts, and community mental health agencies) and policy makers involved in school mental health efforts.


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Key Resources

Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Foundations 

Mental Health Services and Supports in Schools 

Funding, Sustainability, and Impact