What is a school mental health team?
A school mental health team is a group of school and community stakeholders that meet regularly and use data-based decision making to support student mental health, including improving school climate, promoting student and staff well-being, and addressing individual student strengths and needs.
Many schools have teams that meet to discuss and strategize about student mental health issues. Schools may have one team devoted to the full continuum of mental health supports (mental health promotion to selective and indicated intervention) or multiple teams that address different parts of the continuum.
The core members of the school mental health team are usually school staff, including administrators, student support staff (e.g., school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, school nurses) and other educators.
Effective teaming requires schools and community partners, including families, to be committed to advancing a multi-tiered systemic approach that addresses the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.
- School climate team
- Student Support Team (SST)
- Mental health promotion/universal team
- Tier 2/3; Intervention/tertiary care team
The School Mental Health Quality Assessment Survey includes five performance indicators on Teaming:
- A multidisciplinary school mental health team
- Streamlined teams that avoid duplication and promote efficiency
- A productive meeting structure
- A system in place to promote data sharing among team members
- Well-established working relationships with community mental health resources to refer students and families to when their needs cannot be met in school
Module #2: Funding, Resource Mapping, and Teaming
This module examines funding for community-partnered school behavioral health, the practice of resource mapping, and how to best assemble a school behavioral health team, both inside schools and among community partners.
In Chapter 3, Dr. Sharon Hoover presents Teaming. She discusses how to assemble a school behavioral health team, and best practices for engaging partners and operating school behavioral health teams. The role of community, school, and family and youth partners is considered in detail.