What is a school-based behavioral health “system?” We define this as the infrastructure and programs within a school district that promote the healthy social-emotional development of all students and address barriers to learning.
At its heart, our model for a school-based behavioral health system is oriented around prevention and wellness. It provides support for students, and also builds the capacity of all adults in their lives to address social-emotional needs at school and at home.
Our model defines seven foundational elements that in turn support the six core components of an effective school-based behavioral health system. Core components like district capacity, coordination practices, and a full continuum of support ensure the sustainability of a strong, inclusive system regardless of district or partner transitions.
Download an overview of our School-Based Behavioral Health system model, with descriptions and examples of the core components and foundational elements.
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