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Foundations of School Mental Health

Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems (CSMHS) provide a full array of tiered supports and services that promote a positive school climate, social and emotional learning, and mental health and well-being, while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness and substance use. CSMHSs are built on a strong foundation of district and school professionals, including administrators and educators, specialized instructional support personnel (e.g., school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, school nurses, and other school health professionals), in strategic collaboration with students, families, and community health and mental health partners. These systems also assess and address the social, political, and environmental structures, include public policies and social norms, that influence mental health outcomes.

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Social Influencers of Health and Education Series, created in collaboration with the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and the School-Based Health Alliance.

 The NCSMH partnered with six organizations to develop products that support the uptake and advancement of Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: