School Based Mental Health


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.


  • Foster the development of local planning and implementation of behavioral health services delivered at school and coordinated with supports that follow in the home and in the community as needed.
  • Develop and promote a statewide plan for coordinated behavioral health services delivered at school and connected to supports through the community.
  • Promote quality behavioral health services in the school.


Community & School Strategic Plan:
  • Full array of behavioral health services. (Coordinated, collaboration-based)
  • Fully trained personnel in communities and schools (adequate number for community and school need)
  • Use available funding and generate additional funds (effective and efficient intra- and interagency resources
  • Develop shared outcomes and data collection (measurable to inform quality improvement)
  • Public awareness and advocacy (focus on child and family outcomes/amplify youth and family voices

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.


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. 2801 Slater Rd. Morrisville (Text Libby Jones at (336) 380-7274 for entry if you arrive after 12:30 p.m.)

For more information about this workgroup and/or if you would like to become a member, please contact the Current Co-Chairs:
Libby Jones at or
Joe Simmons at

Committee Update Report

Committee Update Report 5.2017

School Based Behavioral and Mental Health – Workgroup Minutes

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