The NCSMH monitors federal and state policy and works with federal and state leaders to shape policies that will advance high quality school mental health for America’s youth.
Partnerships for Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
- Sharon Hoover, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
- Nancy Lever, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
- Larraine Bernstein, MS, Policy Analyst
- Shawn Orenstein, MPH, Program and Policy Manager
- Taneisha Carter, BA, Senior Clinical Research Assistant
- Christina Walker, MS, Budget Analyst & Contracts Manager
Bainum Family Foundation
The NCSMH, in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, worked with six strategic partners to support the uptake and advancement of comprehensive school mental health systems. The organizations and their developed products are listed below:
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
- Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC)
- Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience National (Youth MOVE)
- The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA);
- National Education Association (NEA)
The NCSMH will collaborate with strategic partners including national associations, youth and family organizations, state, local, and national partners to support them in the development of customized products to support uptake and implementation of approaches to advance comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHS). The products will be tailored to specific audiences, highlighting the key messages and relevant action steps outlined in Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field, a recently released resource developed by national school mental health leaders and organizations.
Shawn Orenstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) participates in a workgroup facilitated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support their School Mental Health “Tipping Point” efforts. Launched in September 2017, the “Tipping Point” effort has served to engage national school mental health experts and stakeholders to identify priorities and actionable strategies to advance school mental health at national/federal, state, and local levels.
- As part of these efforts, the NCSMH participated in The School Mental Health in Rural Communities: Getting to Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health, on May 17, 2018 in Rockville, MD. Dr. Sharon Hoover presented, “Accelerating the Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems- Building on the Momentum Underway,” and Dr. Lever moderated the panel, “Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities within Rural Schools and Communities,” with presentations from West Virginia, Kansas, New York and Wisconsin.
- The NCSMH also participated in The School Mental Health State Summit: Getting to Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health in States Across the Nation on June 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hoover presented, “Accelerating the Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems at the State Level,” and Dr. Lever moderated the panel, “Lessons Learned from the Select States about Advancing School Mental Health,” with presentations from North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Pennslyvania.
School mental health is critical to school safety. There is an abundance of evidence that schools with positive school climate and integrated social emotional learning are more likely than comparison schools to achieve higher standards of school safety, including less bullying (verbal, physical, cyber), less student isolation, more positive peer and teacher-student relationships, and less weapon threat and use on school campuses. Although the vast majority of students with mental illness are not violent (and are more likely than their peers to be victims of violence), establishing systems for early identification and mental health treatment for students with mental health challenges can protect students who may be vulnerable to disconnection, isolation, loss of social status, self-harm, retaliation, and aggressive behavior, all of which are predictive of future violence.
The NCSMH works with national and state leaders to advance comprehensive school mental health systems to promote school safety. Example collaborations include:
- Endorsement of the 2018 Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America, authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. https://curry.virginia.edu/prevent-gun-violence
- Maryland Safe to Learn Act: NCSMH Co-Director, Dr. Sharon Hoover, serves on the Advisory Board for this work in Maryland.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act: The NCSMH has provided consultation to the Florida Department of Education around using the National School Mental Health Census and Performance Measures via the SHAPE System to advance comprehensive school mental health systems as part of this legislation.
- The NCSMH leads two school safety research studies that are part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative funded by the National Institute of Justice:
- Promoting School Safety: A Comprehensive Emotional and Behavioral Health Model
- Evaluating Promising School Staff and Resource Officer Approaches for Reducing Harsh Discipline, Suspensions and Arrests
The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) is involved in number of initiatives focused on increasing the sustainability of comprehensive school mental health systems. For more information, please see the Funding and Sustainability section of our Resources.
The State School Mental Health Profile helps states assess several school mental health indicators including: infrastructure, technical assistance and training, state policies, financing, staffing, and emerging SMH issues (including SEL, telepsychiatry, SDH). The State School Mental Health Profile is available in state accounts on the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System.