Anne Arundel SMH Initiative
The Anne Arundel School Mental Health Initiative, launched in August of 2008, focuses on the development and implementation of an effective model to deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions to support positive student outcomes and enhance the system’s capacity to serve youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Through this partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the Initiative provides services to students in general and special education who are “at risk” of a more restrictive placement. Activities in support of this initiative include the provision of evidence-based individual, group, and family interventions for at risk students; consultation with administrators, teachers and school staff; and professional development. Targeted objectives include improved school and behavioral functioning, reduced referrals to highly restrictive settings, and greater participation (e.g., attendance, reduced suspensions) for participating students, and ultimately system cost savings. Another important component of this partnership is to assist with program evaluation of Anne Arundel County Systems of Care. This single point of access model is designed to assist families in accessing appropriate resources via an information and referral line, family navigation services, and/or a multi-agency team meeting.