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Funding and Sustainability

Funding and sustainability refers to strategies to optimize financial and non-financial assets needed to maintain and improve your school mental health system over time. Sutainbility is always evolving, but the goal is to ensure that your operational structures and capacity is sound and that your system can evolve and adapt to match the changing needs of students, families, schools, communities, and other systems in your context.

The School Mental Health Quality Guides is a series developed by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) for The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System. The Quality Guides provide guidance to school mental health systems to advance the quality of their services and supports. The guides contain background information on each domain, best practices, possible action steps, examples from the field, and resource guidance.

All resources references in the Quality Guide, along with many others, can be found in the SHAPE system resource center.