Building Strong Partnerships: Education and Mental Health Systems Working Together to Advance Behavioral Health Screening in Schools

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Wendy Peia Oakes, John Crocker, Mark D Weist
<span title="">2017</span> <i > <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/yqgn7ghqnzgb5iz6f5d3wvo35y" style="color: black;">Report on emotional &amp; behavioral disorders in youth</a> </i> &nbsp;
In this article, we have introduced a key challenge confronting the fields of education and mental health: the need for early detection of EBDs among students and a framework for early response to their needs. Next, we offered a potential solution: prioritizing strong, integrated partnerships between education and mental health systems. Following this discussion, we provided two illustrations (1) teacher-completed behavior screening within a Ci3T model of prevention in an elementary school
more &raquo; ... ng and (2) student self-reported mental health screening in the high school setting. The differences in the screening measures used in the two illustrations are important. The first illustrates universal behavior screening conducted as part of regular school practices to inform instruction. Teacher-completed screeners are based on observed student behaviors, with screening as a way to measure and monitor teachers' observations. The second illustrates the use of mental health screening (student self-report). Additional protections for self-report measures must be afforded, such as parent/guardian permission and opt-out options as discussed in the high school illustration. Finally, we have offered a call to action, posing considerations for next steps for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. We hope this concluding article in the four-issue 2017 volume of the Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth will help to propel improvements in research, practice, and policy of the foundational issue of early identification of students in need of successful school behavioral health programs.
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