School-Based Mental Health Services: Definitions and Models of Effective Practice
Journal of Applied School Psychology
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School-based mental health services are those delivered by school-employed and community-employed providers in school buildings. With the implementation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) that funds school-based health centers, school-based mental health services could become more broadly available in communities throughout the United States. Playing a pivotal role in promoting models for school-based services that maximize benefits to children and adolescents while making efficient use of communities' mental health resources are school psychologists. School psychologists, who recognize and respect the separated development of school and community mental health professions, can foster school–agency partnerships to coordinate children's mental health services that are comprehensive, child centered, family focused, and culturally competent. In this article, we provide three case examples using the Participatory Culture-Specific Intervention Model (B. K. Nastasi, R. B. Moore, & K. M. Varjas, 2004) as exemplars for the implementation of community partnerships providing comprehensive culturally and contextually relevant school-based mental health services. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Nastasi, B. K.,
Song, S. Y.
School-Based Mental Health Services: Definitions and Models of Effective Practice.
Journal of Applied School Psychology, 33(3),