Mentally healthy children are more successful in school.
When it comes to ensuring student success, mental health matters. Left untreated, mental health problems are linked to costly negative outcomes such as academic and behavior problems, dropping out, and delinquency.
Schools are an ideal place to provide mental health services to children. Mental health services support the mission and purpose of schools and are essential to creating and sustaining safe schools.
Schools use a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).
Many schools use the MTSS framework to identify and address the academic and behavioral needs of students. In regard to behavior, at the one end of the continuum is the universal instruction of effective social-emotional/behavioral skills. At the other end of the spectrum is the individualized, intensive interventions designed for students who have significant social-emotional and behavioral needs, which often includes unmet mental health issues.
Improved school-community collaboration is needed.
The reality is that, to improve our system of mental health services, neither the mental health sector nor the education sector can afford to go at it alone. Both are crucial, and by working together, all services on the MTSS continuum can be offered to the students who need them.
Classroom Clinic does not replace any of the school's existing school mental health services. Instead, it enhances what a district already provides by offering schools access to the Tier 2 and Tier 3 clinical services missing within your community. For more information on how Classroom Clinic might benefit your district, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.