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ERIC Number: EJ1219798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Behavioral Health Care Coordination across Child-Serving Systems: A Burgeoning Role for School Psychologists
Shahidullah, Jeffrey D.
School Community Journal, v29 n1 p279-296 2019
The school system is an important setting for child development. Schoolbased providers, such as school psychologists, are positioned to address behavioral health issues (i.e., mental health, behavioral and social/emotional development, behavioral factors associated with medical conditions) within the school setting. To effectively address these issues, they often must develop partnerships with other child-serving "systems" including the home, community, and healthcare system. These partnerships facilitate communication, consultation, and care coordination to occur that link behavioral health, medical, sociocultural, and educational factors or systems. As a result of their training and placement within the school setting, school psychologists are uniquely situated to implement models of care coordination between the home, community, and healthcare system. The purpose of this essay is to broadly highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration across child-serving systems, with adults collaborating as a school community to support each student's healthy development. This discussion emphasizes the role of the school as the primary conduit in which to link these systems. Specifically, this article enumerates the burgeoning role of school psychologists in undertaking these interdisciplinary roles in linking systems of care. Implications for making these aspirational recommendations become a practical reality are discussed in the context of training and advocacy.
Descriptors: Coordination, Mental Health, School Psychologists, Interdisciplinary Approach, School Role, Staff Role, Medical Services, Social Services, Delivery Systems, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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