Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health


Education plays a critical role in the development of children. Positive learning experiences help to prevent emotional and behavioral problems. Schools provide a logical setting for both early identification of children at risk for serious emotional and behavioral health needs and for effective provision of services. Therefore, education is a major partner within a system of care.

The section provides access to up-to-date information, events, funding opportunities, and resources related to educational services and the needs of children and families in the education system; related to addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and families in the education system; and related to effectively partnering in creating a system of care to address those needs.

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Featured Resources

New! The Role of System of Care Communities in Developing and Sustaining School Mental Health Services (PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2013)

Provides proven strategies used by schools and communities in developing, financing, and sustaining school-based mental health programs and services, and provides community organizations (e.g., mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, youth organizations) with strategies to overcome challenges to developing these partnerships and creative financing strategies.

Homelessness Among U.S. Youth (PDF)

The National Center on Family Homelessness (2013)

Between 500,000 and 1.7 million unaccompanied youth experience homelessness for at least one night each year. Homelessness is a devastating experience that has a significant negative impact on well-being, functioning, development, physical and mental health, and life trajectory. Systems of care serving youth who are homeless or at risk can provide and connect services among programs to support long-term stability and well-being while working to prevent and end homelessness for youth in the system. Homelessness Among U.S. Youth outlines the challenges and needs of youth who are homeless, discusses a trauma-informed approach to providing services, offers strategies for developing individual service plans, and provides additional resources.

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LGBTQI2-S and Education Resources Section

Please visit our new LGBTQI2-S Education Resources Section to find resources and strategies for improving school outcomes for LGBTQI2-S students. Select one of the topics below:

Please visit our Cultural and Linguistic Competence Community of Practice LGBTQI2-S Learning Community webpage to access additional resources and information to enhance services and supports for LGBTQI2-S children and youth.

School Mental Health Sustainability: Funding Strategies to Build Sustainable School Mental Health Programs

This series of briefs provides system of care communities with information on developing sustainable school mental health programs, focusing on strategies to consider in working with community mental health agencies, and provides options for consideration in building school mental health programs that serve children and youth with serious mental health needs.

Cover Brief 1 Image Series 1: Why School Mental Health? What Is the Connection to Systems of Care?(PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)

Argues for the promotion of whole-school mental health programs and describes how system of care principles and initiatives can support these programs.

Cover Brief 2 Image Series 2:What Are the Challenges to School and Mental Health Agency Partnerships?(PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)

Addresses the challenges that schools and mental health agencies may face as they build partnerships, and encourages an examination of the differences in terminology, confidentiality rules, professional culture, diagnostic process and eligibility, and many more.

Cover Brief 3 Image Series 3: How Do System of Care Leaders Work with Community Agencies/Organizations to Overcome Challenges to Develop a Sustainable School Mental Health Program?(PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)

Provides insight into how system of care leaders can learn to navigate local and state systems to gain financial support to build, maintain and sustain successful school mental health programs.

Cover Brief 4 Image Series 4: What Are Some Strategies to Sustain School Mental Health Programs?(PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)

Shares strategies, including innovative partnerships and shared funding resources, that have evolved from the current economic climate and have been used to successfully sustain school mental health programs.

Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (2001)

Provides a three-monograph series on Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health.