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The Central East MHTTC and the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine have launched a Regional Learning Collaborative to advance comprehensive school mental health policies and practices, tailored to local strengths and needs, based on shared learning and technical assistance. Department of Education and Behavioral Leaders from each HHS Region 3 states and the District of Columbia are invited to participate in this learning opportunity uniquely focused on the school mental health needs and interest in our region. The one-year intensive training will be targeted to state and local school-based staff inclusive of policy-makers, school administrators, teachers, and other school personnel. Parents and students may also be included. For more information, please contact [email protected].


Our approach for achieving these stated goals are below:


Goal 1 – Provide direct (T/TA) on the implementation of mental health services in schools and school systems. This will involve the provision of direct and tailored T/TA to specific schools on actual school-based mental health services implementation.

Goal 2 – Provide T/TA on the importance of mental health service provision in schools and linkages to such services where direct provision is not possible.

Goal 3 – Disseminate widely information related to best models of school-based mental health provision including ways in which these models can be implemented.


In addition, The Central East MHTTC, NCSMH along with the MHTTC National Coordinating Center will implement a SMH Best Practices framework on the core components of comprehensive school mental health with guidance and tools in each section. Core components will reflect the best practices for comprehensive school mental health.


As part of the National Quality Initiative on School Health Services, the NCSMH (www.schoolmentalhealth.org) led a rigorous, stakeholder-driven process that resulted in the first National School Mental Health Quality and Sustainability Performance Measures (Connors et al, 2016). These standards reflect best practice strategies for systematically developing, improving, and sustaining multi-tiered, evidence-based mental health supports and services in schools. Strategies and resources to support each domain are embedded within the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System site (www.theSHAPEsystem.com).

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