The State Collaborative established the School-Based Mental Health Services Subcommittee to explore ways that public schools can access mental health services for their students and their families. Furthermore, coordinate the behavioral health services that public students get in school, at home, and in the community.


Children, youth, and families will have accessible, appropriate, coordinated behavioral health services that help them succeed in their homes, schools, and communities.

Goals: (Priorities):

  • Support and work with 10 new/ongoing community collaboratives in the eight DPI Regions so that they work collaboratively with the SMHI teams in that region.
  • Develop working (on-going communication) communication channels with 6 parent groups within the eight DPI SMHI regional teams.
  • Foster and support the development of a statewide network of families and youth that are available to be a resource in the development of state and local planning and implementation processes of behavioral health services delivered at school and coordinated with supports that follow in the home and in the community as needed.
  • Promote and assist our partners, DPI, Mental Health, Public Health, DSS, DJJDP, public and private providers of services along with youth and families whenever feasible in the development of a coordinated, accessible statewide plan that contains a full array of appropriate behavioral health services. Services that are delivered at school, in the home, and in the community through a seamless System of Care approach; therefore, promoting quality behavioral health care with successful outcomes for our children, youth, and families.

    Community & School Strategic Plan:

  • Identify and recruit military family members who can serve on the SMH subcommittee of the State Collaborative.
  • Identify and recruit grandparents who can serve on the SMH subcommittee of the State Collaborative.
  • Identify and recruit youth/young people who can serve on the SMH subcommittee of the State Collaborative.
  • Integrate Social Emotional Learning in our planning processes.

A Little More Explanation:

School-based behavioral and mental health services are provided by a wide range of professionals – counselors, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists. School-based services provide assistance to students with a range of needs. Areas of particular interest with the school-based behavioral and mental health field include school safety, prevention initiatives, substance abuse treatment, and financing mental health services.


Child Mental Health CDC
Domestic Violence
NC Anti_Bullying Laws
Exceptional Children Division Behavior Support Consultant contact information
Helpful Websites Related to School Based Behavioral Health
Plan for School Based Mental Behavioral Health Services and Supports
School Based Strategic Plan

School Based Services Include:

Individual Counseling, Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Psychiatric Consultation, Consultations w/ School Staff, Staff Development Workshops.

Early Intervention Services:

Education Groups, After-School Programs, Violence Prevention Programs, Referral to Community Services, In-School Suspension Counseling, Multi-Systems Community Teams, Parent Workshops/ Support Groups.

Children Served:

The children and youth served are provided with parental permission. The exception to this rule is in cases of emergency such as harm to self or others. In some school-based programs, parents can access mental health services at school. Families or school staff will make referrals to the mental health professional.

Meetings are the Second Friday of every month (when State Collaborative meets), 12:30 – 2 p.m.

For more information about this workgroup and/or if you would like to become a member, please contact the Current Co-Chairs:
Bill Hussey at billhussey02@gmail.com or
Patricia Solomon at phsolomon@earthlink.net

Committee Update Report

Committee Update Report 5.2017

School Based Behavioral and Mental Health – Workgroup Minutes

2021 Workgroup Minutes
March 19, 2021 Meeting recording zoom_0.mp4
2017 Workgroup Minutes
July 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes
June 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes
May 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes
April 7, 2017 Meeting Minutes
March 10, 2017 meeting minutes

2011 Workgroup Minutes

2010 Workgroup Minutes