/ November 10, 2019

School Mental Health Specialists

School Mental Health Specialists

City implementation partner: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

School Mental Health Specialists help school staff and parent/caregivers support the social, emotional, and behavioral development of students. Specialists, who work across multiple school settings, aim to shift school culture toward being more knowledgeable and accepting of mental health care by providing educational workshops on mental health topics. This program has restructured to provide more individual services and aims to expand its capacity to connect students to mental health support in the school system and to clinical services in their community. Specialists also help identify students who may benefit from trauma-focused group counseling and then provide a series of supportive, evidence-based counseling sessions.