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ERIC Number: EJ998676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist in the Delivery of School-Based Mental Health Services
Eklund, Katie; Vaillancourt, Kelly; Pedley, Trisha
Communique, v41 n5 p1, 28 Jan-Feb 2013
Approximately 20% of children in the United States experience significant mental, emotional, or behavioral symptoms that would qualify them for a psychiatric diagnosis (Burns et al., 1995; Costello et al., 2003). Unfortunately, only 15%-30% of these children receive any type of help or support (Ringel & Sturm, 2001; United States Public Health Service, 2000). Furthermore, as many as 1 in 7 adolescents have no health insurance and therefore are unable to receive third-party reimbursable mental health services in the private sector (Crespi & Howe, 2002). This indicates that sole reliance on referrals to providers outside the school environment may not be a realistic way for all children and families to access mental health services. School-based mental health services are suggested as one strategy in beginning to address many of the unmet mental health needs of children and youth. School psychologists are called upon to help transform children's mental health by becoming well versed in the delivery of school-based mental health services. This article offers suggestions to help move school psychology students, practitioners, supervisors, and training programs in this direction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States