For Behavioral Health Specialists

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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.


Integrating Mental Health in Schools

  • Schools, School-Based Centers, and Community Programs Working Together UCLA Brief
  • The UCLA School Mental Health provides extensive resources and research for educators, administrators, and districts regarding mental health in schools The mission and goals of the Center are to improve outcomes for children and adolescents through the enhancement of the provision of mental health services in schools.

School-Based Client Consultation, Referral, and Management of Care

  • Outlines processes related to problem identification, triage, assessment and client consultation, referral, and management of care. Provides discussion of pre-referral intervention and referral as a multifaceted intervention. Examples of tools to aid in all these processes are included: UCLA Consultation
  • Introductory overview of the Mental Health facets of school-based health centers and how they fit into the work of schools. Module I addresses how to maximize resource use and effectiveness; Module II focuses on matters work with students (consent, confidentiality, problem identification, pre-referral interventions, screening/assessment, referral, counseling, prevention/mental health education, responding to crises, management of care); Module III explores quality improvement, evaluating outcomes, and getting credit for all you do. Includes resource aids (sample forms and special exhibits, questionnaires, interviews, screening indicators) for use as part of the day-by-day operation: Guidebook

Financial Strategies to Aid in Addressing Barriers to Learning

  • Financial Strategies
  • Designed as an aid in conceptualizing financing efforts, identifying sources, and understanding strategies related to needed reforms.
  • School-Based Health Centers (Technical Assistance Sampler) This sampler includes information on a wide range of issues dealing with school-based health centers (e.g., general references, facts, & statistics, funding, state & national documents, guides, reports, model programs across the country.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  • Several DPI documents provide guidance to build and strengthen a comprehensive school mental health system, including utilizing systems of care. These DPI documents provide extensive information needed by schools and districts establishing school-based mental health clinics. DPI Framework
  • The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides guidance at this site to districts wanting to set up more comprehensive mental health services that may include mental health clinics in schools
  • MOU Guidance

Financing & Legislation


CASEL (Collaborative for Advancing Academic, Social & Emotional Learning

  • Collaborative for Advancing Academic, Social, & Emotional Learning (CASEL) The most effective social and emotional learning (SEL) requires a strategic, systemic approach that involves everyone, from district and school leaders to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need. Successful SEL is not a standalone program or an add-on. It is central to how schools, communities, and families value and support the social, emotional, and academic development of their children. This site is extensive and many of the resources are FREE
  • CASEL’s social and emotional learning District Resource Center is a rich set of online guidance and resources for initiating, developing, implementing, and assessing districtwide implementation of SEL. Organized according to the 10 key areas outlined in CASEL’s District Framework for Systemic SEL, the District Resource Center includes implementation strategies as well as hundreds of resources and artifacts that are a direct outcome of CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), established in 2011 to support the promotion and implementation of systemic SEL. FREE
  • The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of social and emotional programs and applies this framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States. The Guide also shares best-practice guidelines for district and school teams on how to select and implement SEL programs. Finally, it offers recommendations for future priorities to advance SEL research and practice. There are both a Preschool and Elementary Edition or Middle and High School Edition of the guide.
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Like many similar frameworks, CASEL’s integrated framework promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence. There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings. Many educators and researchers are also exploring how best to asses these competencies. The competencies are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
  • Resources: CASEL resources offer the most-up-to-date clearinghouse of tools drawn from the worlds of scholarly research, on-the-ground practice, and cutting-edge policy. They include practical guides, program reviews, videos, webinars, books, articles, and position papers on a wide range of topics — developed by CASEL staff and consultants, our district partners, and our many other collaborators.
  • Research: Impact of SEL A 2017 meta-analysis shows evidence of SEL’s long-lasting impact. A 2011 study found 11-percentile-point academic gains. Research supporting SEL comes from multiple fields.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction & SEL

  • Information on implementation of SEL in Wisconsin. Many national resources are embedded in the documents. DPI SEL

Wallace Foundation

  • A very useful review of numerous programs used nationwide that address SEL. Includes research on effectiveness, teacher utility, and system impacts. VERY useful for districts trying to decide on which programs to purchase/use. Navigating SEL from the Inside Out