How Do System of Care Leaders Develop a Sustainable School Mental Health Program?
Working with Community Agencies/Organizations to Overcome Challenges
To build sustainable school mental health programs, child and youth service systems need to collaborate with local schools and mental health agencies to build a continuum of services. Although schools and mental health agencies have different agendas (education vs. treatment), each has a wealth of professional skills that can be merged into a comprehensive system of programs, resources, and services that will positively affect the children, youth, and parents in our communities.
School mental health program development must be built on the strengths of both education and community agencies. This brief provides insight into how these systems can navigate local and state systems to gain financial support to build, maintain, and sustain successful school mental health programs.