Scottsdale Unified School District is emphasizing the importance of Mental Health in the Schools for all students. To meet this need we are in the process of training staff on how to make a mental health referral, creating a three-tiered mental health intervention system, including linkages with community providers and agencies, and developing a comprehensive, web based resource directory of providers that will be available to all staff, parents, and students.
SUSD recently updated our Community Mental Health Resource Directory. This directory is meant to be used as a guide for locating community partners our district often collaborates with and refers our students. Please feel free to download this directory and explore the list of agencies, behavioral health hospitals and resources for locating private practitioners. Although we frequently consult or refer students to these agencies, we cannot guarantee the success of their services and they do operate independently of SUSD. For additional questions, please contact Dr. John Balles at 480-484-5094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for our most current Resource Directory.
Additionally, examples of the SUSD community linkage referral protocol can be found here.
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency please call 911 immediately. If you are experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts, please call the EMPACT National Suicide Hotline at 800-SUICIDE or the Maricopa Crisis/Suicide Line at 480-784-1500.
Thank you to all our community partners, neighboring school districts parents and state leaders in education and mental health for attending SUSD's third annual Mental Health in the Schools Networking Breakfast. This event allows for the community to come together and identify resources available for families and our children.
About 20 percent of the general population has a diagnosable mental health disorder. Most people falling into this category will go untreated. Yesterday we worked to help identify practitioners and agencies that can provide support for all our children.
Also, regarding school safety, addressing mental health truly takes a prevention orientation and is proactive in decreasing risk factors associated with school violence, bullying, drug use and alcohol use.
To learn more about the importance of school based mental health and resources available in our community please read below.
Some exciting things are happening in SUSD regarding the creation of support for children with mental health needs. Some of the initiatives we are creating focus on the prevention of behavioral, social, or emotional difficulties in our children. Prevention and early intervention are keys to ensuring that all children have access to a quality education and make academic progress as well as social strides in school.
In order to achieve this SUSD's Mental Health in the Schools team is working with SUSD psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other staff to implement a three tier model of support that emphasizes prevention.
This model is based on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework as well as the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Both of these prevention frameworks are research based and have been proven to create social and academic success on campuses across the country.
SUSD has been a National Leader in Response to Intervention (RTI) with a proven track record over the past seven years of increasing academic outcomes for students using strategies such as universal screening, targeted intervention, and frequent progress monitoring.As SUSD takes a leadership role in Arizona in the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), we are seeing reductions in discipline incidents, suspensions, and positive culture change on campuses.
What does this have to do with mental health? The more successful students are academically, the less they are suspended or referred for discipline reasons, the more successful they feel, increasing self-esteem, self-confidence, school connectedness, and other supports that reduce risk for mental health concerns. In short, this model helps to increase protective factors in students, and reduce risk factors.
The three tier model is based on the following pyramid of supports:
Shannon Cronn, Ed.S.
Clinical Services Coordinator
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School Mental Health
This organization has a variety of resources available for providers, educators, parents, and students
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA was established in 1992 through Congress and focusses on prevention, trauma and justice, public awareness, suicide prevention, treatment, and grant opportunities
UCLA's Mental Health in Schools
UCLA's Mental Health in the Schools program is one of the most established centers for mental health and policy. They have extensive resources for resources and publications, practitioner toolbox, monthly newsletters, and free quarterly journals.
A wonderful resource on risk factors for mental health, statistics, and outcomes for people with unaddressed mental health needs.
Mental Health Research Highlights from the 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference