Creating School and Mental Health Partnerships
The New York State Office of Mental Health has created two documents to help schools understand the child mental health care system and to encourage relationships with community based providers to provide mental health services in schools.
- “What School District Leaders Should Know When Creating School and Mental Health Partnerships: The NYS Mental Health System 101”
- “Improving School and Community Outcomes for Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges”
Project TEACH: Connecting Primary Care with Child Psychiatry
Primary care physicians (PCPs) such as pediatricians and family practice doctors are often the first place families go to seek help or information about emotional or behavioral concerns with their children. PCPs provide mental health support and can prescribe medications, but they may not have access to consultation or the training needed to make decisions for children with mental health needs.
Project TEACH provides rapid consultation, education and training, and referral/ linkage services to pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) statewide who provide care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. Additionally, other prescribers who are providing ongoing treatment to children, such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, General Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, may request a second opinion through consultation.
Parents and families are encouraged to share information about Project TEACH with their pediatrician and/or PCPs.
Contact Your Regional Representative
The MHANYS network of affiliate members is committed to fostering relationships with schools. Our members provide an array of services, including counseling, peer support, advocacy, referrals and family engagement. Contact information for members of our affiliate network is available HERE or contact one of our Regional Representatives to learn more.
Parents and families can find their regional representatives here.
National Association of School Psychologists
The Coalition for Community Schools and the National Association of School Psychologists outline strategies that characterize a strong school community partnership that supports the mental health and well-being of students, families and the entire school community. Visit their guidance document here to learn more.