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Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland-Baltimore

The mission of the Center for School Mental Health Analysis and Action (CSMHA)) is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America 's youth. Through participation in and development of a broad and growing Community of Practice, the CSMHA analyzes diverse sources of information, develops and disseminates policy briefs, and promotes the utilization of knowledge and actions to advance successful and innovative mental health policies and programs in schools. The center works with a wide range of stakeholders invested in integrated approaches to reduce barriers to student learning, including families, youth, educators, mental health and other child system staff, advocates, legislators, researchers and government officials. It hosts national and regional conferences to advance research, policy, and practice related to mental health in schools.

Center for Mental Health in Schools, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Its mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools. The Center engages in policy and program analysis regarding student supports and specifically school mental health. The guiding principles and frameworks for the work of the Center emphasize ensuring (1) mental health is understood in terms of psychosocial problems as well as disorders and in terms of strengths as well as deficits, (2) the roles of schools, communities, and homes are enhanced and pursued jointly, (3) equity considerations are confronted, (4) the marginalization and fragmentation of policy, organizations, and daily practice are countered, and (5) the challenges of evidence-based strategies and achieving results are addressed.

Center for School-based Mental Health Program, Miami University (Ohio)

In existence since 1998, the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University operates within the Department of Psychology. Faculty, graduate students and community partners are involved in research, consultation, and clinical service initiatives. An important goal of the Center is to build collaborative relationships with schools and community agencies to address the mental health and school success of children and adolescents through the promotion of expanded school mental health programs and services. The intent is to promote the development and implementation of effective programs to enhance healthy psychological development of school-age students and reduce mental health barriers to learning. As a university-based Center, CSBMHP is committed to ongoing applied research, pre-service education of future clinicians, in-service training of educators and mental health professionals, and direct clinical and consultative service.

Center for the Advancement of Mental Health in Schools, University of Missouri- Columbia

The Center for the Advancement for Mental Health Practices in Schools was established through a partnership between the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the University of Missouri - Colombia Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, to assist schools and mental health services in developing partnerships around school mental health, to highlight best practices in school mental health, and to focus on the shift in the priorities of federal and state agencies pertaining to policy, practice and research concerning child and adolescent mental health. The center recognizes prevention as a fundamental element in supporting the nation's youth in facing developmental challenges, psychosocial issues, and environmental stressors within the school system and community.

Collaborative for Academic and Social, Emotional Learning

Collaborative for Academic and Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL) seeks to enhance children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school. It synthesizes the latest empirical findings and theoretical developments and provides scientific leadership to foster progress in social and emotional learning (SEL) research and practice.

Center for Social and Emotional Education

The Center for Social and Emotional Education is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction to enhance student performance, prevent dropouts, reduce violence, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.

Elimination of Barriers Initiative

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides helpful information on its national Elimination of Barriers Initiative. Part of this initiative was the development of a curriculum guide on mental health for training educators.

High Country Help

This site was created by the ASC Center, with support from the schools, to aid students who need a way to find help and are unsure of where else they can go. This site was made special for students in western North Carolina, but we try to provide information that can be useful for students living anywhere.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN)

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care. is designed for use by anyone who is interested in school mental health. This site offers school mental health resources not only for clinicians, but also for educators, administrators, parents/caregivers, families, and students. The resources on this site emphasize practical information and skills based on current research, including prominent evidence-based practices, as well as lessons learned from local, state, and national initiatives.

The IDEA Partnership Communities of Practice are focused on advancing policy and practice in four key areas: (a) the intersections of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA); (b) school behavioral health services; (c) interagency transition, and (d) teacher quality. As partner organizations work together and with States, districts, local sites and individuals, they form Communities of Practice whose members learn from each other and take action together in coordinated ways. The website is designed to support and facilitate the shared work that occurs among individuals, organizations and agencies at the local, district, state, and national levels.

South Carolina Department of Mental Health School-based Services

Texas Department of State Health School-based Services: Back to School: Advancing School-Based Mental Health Care in Texas

This website “identifies steps that communities can take without additional resources. The plan targets major areas that can be addressed at the local and state levels to move the system forward in significant ways.”