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ERIC Number: EJ919347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Leveraging Mental Health Dollars into Your District
Kilkenny, Robert; Katz, Nechama; Baron, Lisa
School Business Affairs, v75 n7 p11-15 Jul-Aug 2009
By addressing common reasons that schools and mental health partners often cannot sustain sufficient school-based mental health services, Connecting With Care (CWC)--a mental health collaboration that places full-time clinicians in schools in Boston's most under-served urban neighborhood--is demonstrating how schools and districts can leverage significant mental health dollars and marshal them into services that meet schools' and children's needs. The key elements for successful collaborations include the creation of school-based infrastructure to support an efficient and steady referral flow, memoranda of agreement to outline detailed mutual expectations and responsibilities, and coordination of these partnerships at high levels of management across the partners. There is a natural convergence of mission and need between schools and mental health providers. Systemic obstacles to more collaborative and sustained partnerships can and must be resolved if the clinical, emotional, behavioral, and social problems that children present in school are to be successfully addressed. Integration of mental health services in schools results in healthier children and better schools--at far less expense to districts than the cost of providing these services themselves. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts