School-Based Mental Health Program: Eliminating Barriers to Academic Achievement
The overall mission of the School Mental Health (SMH) program is to promote healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development of students. Barriers to learning must be addressed so that the general well-being of students, families and school staff can be enhanced in collaboration with other comprehensive student support and services.
The School Mental Health programs support the emotional health and academic growth of all students through:
A comprehensive array of effective and efficient services and supports which is integrated throughout the levels of student supports;
Incorporates a three-tiered approach when assessing school mental health needs through Universal, Selective, and Targeted interventions
Accessibility to behavioral and mental health services and programs;
Utilization of primarily DOE personnel to provide necessary supports and services; and
Collaborative relationships that engage school, family and community.
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