ERIC Number: ED449256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Mental Health in Schools: Schools, School-Based Centers, and Community Programs Working Together. A Center Brief.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
This paper explores why integrated efforts to include mental health in schools are important and what is involved in such an effort. In order to deal with the full continuum of school mental health concerns, a comprehensive, integrated approach is required.. To be comprehensive, the mental health focus of school based centers must be multifaceted and offer: direct services and instruction; coordination, development, and leadership related to programs, services, resources, and systems; and enhanced connections with community resources. The paper focuses on three issues: (1) integrating mental health activity to maximize resource use and effectiveness (within the school-based health center, with school programs and personnel, and with the community); (2) developing mechanisms to promote integration and address challenges (management of care, management of resources, and multischool integration); and (3) creating an integrated continuum (systems of prevention, systems of early intervention, and systems of care). A survey for analyzing system status is included. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Health, Cooperative Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Services, Mental Health, Outreach Programs, School Community Relationship, School Health Services, Staff Development
Center for Mental Health in Schools, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.