Most schools have a handle on how they’re doing academically, but what about when it comes to student mental health?
“The research is clear that students’ mental health is essential to their academic success,” says Sharon Stephan, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the center has partnered with 3C Institute to develop the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System, a free, private, web-based portal that helps schools and districts improve the quality and sustainability of their comprehensive school mental health systems.
A comprehensive approach to school mental health promotes partnerships between schools, districts, their communities, and families to deliver a continuum of the best evidence-based mental health services. Anyone from a school system—administrator, educator, provider, parent, student—can join.
“SHAPE gives us a way to improve your multi-tiered system of school mental health supports for all students,” says Stephan.
SHAPE provides free resources and planning tools to help schools and districts make the most of all their available resources. Team members can use SHAPE to:
- Be counted in the National School Mental Health Census
- Achieve SHAPE recognition to increase opportunities for federal, state, and local grant funding
- Access FREE, targeted resources and customized reports to help improve your school mental health quality and sustainability
- Advance a data-driven mental health team process for your school or district
“The SHAPE System has been such an important way for our school mental health program to understand whether students and families are getting the right services at the right time from the right provider,” says Denise Wheatley-Rowe, RN, MSN, director of educational services at Behavioral Health System Baltimore.
Join today, and help shape the future of school mental health in your school and across the nation!
Your school mental health system includes any group of individuals working together to support the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of students, their families, and schools.
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