Collaborations between healthcare workers and educators create a prevention to early intervention treatment continuum that supports holistic services.
Tip Sheet: Best Practices for Collaboration on School-Based Mental
Health Supports...Using the Compassionate School Mental Health Model
The New England Mental Health Technology Transfer
Center’s Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative
introduced the Compassionate School Mental Health
Model in A Compassionate School Response to Mental Illness Guide.
Learn more about the model—expanded as a part of the development of the HEART Collective—which explains the value of partnering with agencies, organizations, and healthcare centers that can provide wraparound services and more intensive levels of care for youth and educators.
Tip Sheet: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Collaboration
Learn more about possible barriers around the development of school mental health systems and service delivery challenges between schools and healthcare centers, mental/behavioral health
agencies, and/or community-based organizations.
Get tips designed to help you overcome and plan for the resources and supports your learning community may need to achieve effective collaboration.
Know Your Community
Community Mapping Guide
This guide outlines the objectives for community
mapping within the ACCESS Open Minds framework,
and provides youth mental health sites with a variety of methods in which Community Mapping might
be conducted. The guide is designed to lead site
teams through the process of community mapping.
ACCESS Open Minds is a strategy for patient
oriented care. The framework emphasizes the importance of engaging youth, family members, and caregivers in all aspects of the design and implementation of youth mental health services.
Online Course Review:
Building Respect in the Classroom
Looking for perspective from the classroom? Access best practices for teachers, professional development workshops, and much more from Selected—a nationwide community of educational leaders, teachers, and hiring professionals.
In this course, a NYC public school teacher, instructional coach, and recruiter shares simple techniques to help school staff build positive relationships with students and maximize instructional time.
Video Review: Conflict Resolution for School Communities
Effective conflict resolution strategies are essential to safe and nurturing learning environments. And even the most compassionate and caring school communities can benefit from practices that promote growth, connection, and resilience while reducing damage to relationships.
Learn specific skills and strategies that will help you reduce conflict and respond intentionally to students, school staff, parents, and others in crisis.
School Mental Health Quality Guide: Teaming
The School Mental Health Quality Guides is a series developed by the National Center for School Mental Health for The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System. The Quality Guides provide guidance to school mental health systems to advance the quality of their services and supports.
Download the guide for more about best practices, possible action steps, examples from the field, and resource guidance.
Tip Sheet: Structured Conversations for Building Effective Collaborations
Change Matrix—a growing leader in managing and measuring change to support systems and communities that improve lives—asserts that
collaboration must be grounded in mutual purpose and mutual benefit to be effective.
Download the Change Matrix tip sheet on structuring conversations for building effective collaborations.
Developing Effective Partnerships
Issue Brief: Effective School-Community Partnerships to Support School Mental Health
This brief provides background information on the landscape of school mental health services, the benefits of comprehensive supports, and offers key elements and action steps to support effective school-community mental health partnerships.
Download this brief developed by the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Center for School Mental Health.
Resources and Intervention Efforts
Community Engagement Resources
This resource list, compiled by SAMHSA’s Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs), includes resources developed by the TTCs and other reputable organizations, and is sorted alphabetically by title within the following categories: Community Engagement Strategies, Cultural Competency, Health Equity, Population-Specific Interventions, and Research Supporting Community Engagement.
For additional information, please visit our colleagues at the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED), and their NNEDshare—a collaborative space to share resources and intervention efforts to improve the delivery of behavioral health care interventions in diverse populations, learn about resources and innovative community efforts across the country, and connect with others to learn from their efforts.