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Behavioral Health Resources

Behavioral Health Resource Guide | OSPI

Behavioral Health is the promotion of mental health, resilience, and wellbeing; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities (US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration).

OSPI Behavioral Health Programs

Interconnected Systems Framework

Effective implementation of school-based behavioral health services and programs relies on a defined Multi-Tiered System of Supports or MTSS. The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is a structure and process that maximizes effectiveness and efficiency by blending the strengths of school and community mental health with strengths of the multi-tiered framework of PBIS (Barrett, Eber, Weist, 2013). 

SHAPE System

The SHAPE Quality Assessment may be used to improve the quality of a school mental health system. The assessment also includes a library of additional resources.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Some ESDs offer YMHFA training. Reach out to your region’s prevention center director for more information.

Referral Pathways

The School-Based Mental Health Referral Pathways Toolkit provides implementation guidance for buildings and districts looking to integrate behavioral health services into their settings. The Toolkit supports various models and delivery formats.