School-Community Partnerships

Supporting Mental Health and Cultivating Strong Relationships
Are Essential Elements of Healthy Schools

A new report from Child Trends finds that educators, students, and state-level policymakers across the United States view supporting mental health and cultivating interpersonal relationships as critical but overlooked elements necessary to building healthy schools. The study makes a strong case for investments in mental health and relationship-building initiatives as part of state and local efforts to improve school health.

Successful school-community partnerships are dependent on a shared understanding of each system, including language that is used, strategies and initiatives, structure, culture, common issues and the role of professionals.  The NYS Office of Mental Health has created two documents to help mental health professionals better understand the education system and build partnerships to provide mental health services to students.

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