In response to Maryland House Bill 639, Task Force on Community-Partnered School Behavioral Health, the Maryland legislature requested that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) study and make recommendations to advance school behavioral health in the State. The Center for School Mental Health worked closely with DHMH, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Maryland School Behavioral Health Coalition to address this request and to develop a report on the current state of Community-Partnered School Behavioral Health (CP-SBH). The following components were included in the report:
- Prevalence of CP-SBH programs in the State of Maryland
- Effectiveness of CP-SBH programs across the State and the nation
- Fiscally sustainable models of CP-SBH
- Practical and empirically-supported recommendations for advancing CP-SBH in Maryland
Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
The monograph, Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-wide Positive Behavior Supports, was collaboratively developed by three national centers/initiatives: the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the IDEA Partnership, and the Center for School Mental Health. The monograph articulates the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF), a proposed and developing interconnection of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health (SMH) systems to improve educational outcomes for all children and youth, especially those with or at risk of developing mental health challenges. This monograph represents a collective effort to further develop the ISF concept and guide the interconnection of PBIS and SMH toward effective multi-tiered mental health promotion for all students, with guidance for this work at school building, district, and state levels. The development of the monograph and other related processes (e.g., training events, webinars, pilot efforts in some states/communities) has been supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Education, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the three national centers/initiatives. The monograph: 1) defines the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) as an implementation framework that creates and guides the linkage between education and mental health systems and staff; 2) describes current implementation efforts of the ISF across seven participating pilots including state, district and school-level sites; 3) discusses potential school and student benefits of utilizing the ISF framework; and 4) defines implementation, research, and policy agendas to further improve and scale up the framework.
Development of an Interconnected Systems Framework for School Mental Health
This document, developed by Susan Barrett and Lucille Eber, National PBIS TA Center and the Center for School Mental Health, aims to establish an interconnected systems framework linking Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health in order to build more responsive and effective systems that connect mental health and schools.
Leading by Convening: A Blueprint to Authentic Engagement
The IDEA Partnership developed this blueprint as an effort to recognize shared experiences in creating learning partnerships across stakeholders who work in the same landscape of practice. The report builds on what each of us know from our own experiences as participants, collaborators and leaders.
The State-by-State Impact of the Affordable Care Act
The Kaiser Family Foundation created reports to show how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes insurance coverage in each state. These state-level reports serve as a guide to the potential impact of the ACA in each state and the District of Columbia as legislatures begin to convene and governors prepare their budget proposals and state-of-the-state addresses. In these reports, Kaiser researchers provide figures detailing how many uninsured people with incomes below the poverty level fall into the "coverage gap" and will be ineligible for financial assistance in the Marketplace or for Medicaid in their state.
Impact of School Mental Health
The CSMH research report, The Impact of School Mental Health: Educational, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes, provides a one page summary of key highlights of the impact of school mental health and a more detailed nine page summary of the literature, including empirical findings and a reference list.
Quality Improvement Reference List
The CSMH compiled a list of key references related to school mental health and quality improvement. The CSMH also developed a Quality Improvement and Reassurance Resource Packet.
Repository of Key Online Resources
The Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention Practice Group (View a description of the practice group) with support from the CSMH compiled a repository of key online resources by topics including: adolescent/youth development, aggression reduction, bullying, confidentiality, conduct and behavior problems in schools, crisis intervention, cultural competency, students with disabilities, disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, dropout prevention, drug-endangered children, early childhood, early identification, early intervening services, evidence-based practices and programs, family involvement/family preservation, program development, psychotropic drugs and children, resources for school-based mental health professionals, school connectedness, school reentry from juvenile justice facilities, school resource officers, school to prison pipeline, seclusion and restraints in schools, suicide prevention, teacher supports, trauma sensitive care in schools and juvenile justice facilities, truancy, and violence prevention. In addition, the Connecting School Mental Health Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention Practice Group, with support from the CSMH, compiled a list of School Mental Health Websites and Resources related to school mental health.
Summary of National Child and Adolescent Datasets
The list and description of national datasets and databases on children’s health, mental health, and education was developed after the Thought Leader Dialogue: Advancing Mental Health and Education Research cohosted by the CSMH and Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) .
Summary of Recognized Evidence-Based Programs Implemented by Expanded School Mental Health Programs
The list of evidence-based programs generated for this table were identified as part of the Center for School Mental Health’s National Survey of Expanded School Mental Health Programs (2007). 156 ESMH Programs from across the country responded to the survey. Only evidence-based programs that received at least one recognition on one of ten evidence-based program registries were included in the table. See CSMH's Summary of Evidence Based Program Registries.