Johnny Key

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School Based Mental Health

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) office of School Health Services provides guidance and technical assistant for the development of best practice school-based mental health programs within Arkansas public school districts. The ADE encourages schools to implement the following best practice principles to ensure quality school-based mental health services for students:

  • An emphasis on early identification
  • Full integration with the community and its resources
  • Placing students and their families at the center of service decisions
  • Providing services that are culturally competent
  • A focus on promoting school attendance and academic success
  • Services and supports validated by research and evidence-based practices
  • The use of technology, including telecommunications
 
Source: ADE School Based Mental Health Certification Manual (DOCX)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Betsy Kindall, School Based Mental Health Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
OUR Educational Cooperative
P.O. Box 610
Valley Springs, AR 72682
Phone: 870-302-3094
 

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