ERIC Number: ED454670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Health in Schools: Guidelines, Models, Resources, & Policy Considerations.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
This document is intended to assist schools in developing a comprehensive and multifaceted continuum of mental health programs and services. Following an introductory discussion of the scope of the problem, part 1 examines definitional concerns that must be resolved over time. Part 2 provides a general rationale for mental health services in schools. Part 3 outlines a set of guidelines to clarify the nature and scope of a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to mental health in schools. Part 4 offers an overview of the ways in which mental health and psychosocial concerns are currently addressed in schools. Various delivery mechanisms and formats are described, including school-financed student support services, the school district mental health unit, formal connections with community mental health services, classroom-based curriculum and special pull-out interventions, and the recommended comprehensive, multifaceted, and integrated approach. Part 5 discusses matters related to advancing the field in the context of key concerns. This section focuses on the creation of new capacity building mechanisms; readily accessible resources for materials, technical assistance, and training; and rethinking roles, functions, development, and credentialing of pupil services personnel. Five appendices provide a variety of supportive documents and sources for materials, technical assistance, and training. (Contains approximately 125 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Program Development, Pupil Personnel Services, Student Needs
University of California Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634. For full text: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; 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.