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School-based Mental Health

Published: 3/8/2024 1:19 PM

What is school-based mental health?​

​School -based mental health services refers to the provision of counseling and support services to students during the school day, at the school. These services are provided by school-based mental health professionals as defined by the School Safety and Resiliency Act and include school social workers and school counselors.​

​Why is school-based mental health critical for schools?

​Mental health refers to the state of our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Mental health is a critical part of education, and providing school-based mental health support will improve learning and promote academic success.

How to Address Mental Health in Schools?

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, the National Council for Mental Well-Being, and the  Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports provide resources for school-based mental health services:

Mental Health/Social-Emotional-Behavioral Well-Being​ - Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS)

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC Network)

​Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Request for Assistance and/or Training

Schools and districts seeking assistance from the Division of Student Success, Safe and Supportive Schools Branch can complete the Request for Assistance and/or​ Training​ form. A program consultant will respond in a timely fashion when the request has been submitted.​​


Jessica Napier
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772

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