For Behavioral Health Specialists

Behavioral Health Specialists play a critical role in successful school-based mental health services. When integrating community providers into the schools a process needs to be developed around communication, defining roles, and sharing of responsibilities. Helping community providers understand the culture and expectations within the school environment and helping school staff understand rules and regulations that govern clinicians requires focused attention.  Enjoy the following resources.

Resources from the School Mental Health Navigators

  • The School Mental Health Navigators Community of Practice compiled some of their favorite resources in this document.

Websites & Clearinghouses

  • Center for School Mental Health, UCLA UCLA Website The School Mental Health Project (SMHP) was created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions.
  • Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools Health in Schools Website CHHCS specializes in researching and advancing effective school-connected programs, policies and systems as solutions for improving children’s overall health and school success. By school-connected, we are referring to preventive activities that are linked to the education system but are not necessarily delivered on site as school-based interventions. To enhance the impact of school-connected efforts, CHHCS integrates health, education, and family systems by facilitating communication among key experts to drive collective action. Over time, CHHCS has developed a national network of leading stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, funders and policymakers that work across these areas.
  • Mental Health America MHA Website Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is an affiliate of the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.


Agencies with Mental Health in Schools Focus

  • Lutheran Social Services LSS SBMH Website: Many students across Wisconsin struggle with mental health issues, including self-harm, grief after losing a parent, self-esteem issues, stress, depression and anxiety. LSS offers school-based mental health programs work to address these concerns and struggles by bringing licensed mental health professionals to students during the school day, overcoming common challenges including health insurance coverage and cost.
  • Catholic Charities – Madison Mental Health in Schools: Children Services help kids who have developmental delays, are in need of behavioral or mental health services, are at-risk for alcohol abuse, and have been adopted. Call us at 608-826-8010. The website includes short descriptions and links to several school-based mental health programs in Dane County.
  • Professional Services Group – Racine PSG-CIPSchool Mental Health site: PSG currently provides school-based services in Washington, Kenosha, and Racine counties; working with children and their families who are struggling with academic and behavioral concerns within the school environment.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services CHW: The mental health therapists at Children’s Hospital are committed to providing mental health services not only in the hospital and clinics, but now also in schools. School based mental health services are most appropriate for families who have difficulty bringing their child to a clinic due to some of the following reasons: transportation issues, childcare issues, other mental health concerns in the family, and financial stressors. With a signed release to communicate with school staff, therapists can provide consultation to your child’s teacher(s) about your child’s mental health diagnosis and ways the school staff can best support your child to maximize learning in the classroom. It is also a main goal of the therapist to support your child’s healthy development in an educational setting.
  • SaintA Integrated School Based Mental Health SaintA provides School Based Mental Health services  in an integrated manner within the school setting to allow for greater access to services and a collaborative approach to working with schools.  We offer individual, family, and group therapy services for children K4 through high school addressing some of the following issues: mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem and social issues.  Additionally, SaintA provides Mental Health Consultation in the form of classroom and teacher observations and recommendations, parent education and support around mental health and trauma impact, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers with the goal to build teacher capacity and support school success.  SaintA supports multiple school districts in Southeast Wisconsin.