The Need for School-Based Mental Health Services and Recommendations for Implementation

Lee Kern, Sarup Mathur, Susan F. Albrecht, Scott Poland, Mike Rozalski, Russell J. Skiba

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Mental illness is a major public health concern with significant social cost. Symptoms of mental health problems generally emerge during the school-age years. Although effective interventions are available to decelerate or eliminate incipient concerns, they are rarely accessible to youth. Evidence suggests that school-based mental health services (SBMHS) have the highest likelihood of reaching youth in need. In this paper, the authors and the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders present a foundation for future policy recommendations relative to the need for SBMHS and recommendations for implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-217
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Emotional and behavioral disorder
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Mental health
  • School-based mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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