Developing a Business Plan for Sustaining School Mental Health Services

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.