Developing a Business Plan for Sustaining School Mental Health Services

Three Success Stories

This is the first in a series of studies that report on strategies to sustain children’s mental health services and prevent the onset of problem behaviors.

While there is a growing body of research demonstrating that behavioral and emotional health contributes to more effective learning and higher academic achievement,  most school districts remain challenged as to how to sustain funding for mental health services.  A recent study by the George Washington University Center for Health and Health Care in Schools suggests development of a business plan that includes maximizing third-party reimbursement as part of the funding strategy.

The report takes a close look at the common thread in successful funding approaches adopted in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Minnesota, which includes identifying eligible services, eligible clients and eligible providers.

 

 

REMARKS FROM WENDY YALLOWITZ, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS PROGRAM OFFICER

Wendy Yallowitz, Program Officer

Case Studies from CHHCS

Educators and mental health professionals are increasingly aware of research demonstrating that behavioral and emotional health contributes to more effective learning and higher academic achievement. In other words, if a students’ mental health is compromised, it can lead to not doing well in school, which has a larger ripple effect on his or her health overall. As illustrated in these case studies, financing is commonly cited as the primary challenge in ensuring access to prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs and services that support student’s behavioral and emotional health. This report describes how three communities were able to develop sustainable programs. By giving school districts tools to help sustain their programs after funding runs out, we hope to build the capacity of school-based mental health. 

In the News

To Boost Learning, Start With Emotional Health 

December 6, 2011- Jane Lowe, Vulnerable Populations Team Director,  discusses the impact of innovative partnerships that address the physical and emotional health of schoolchildren in this Education Week article. 

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