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Behavioral Health Resources

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 Webpages

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 evaluate and improve the quality of school mental health systems. 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.

Youth Mental Health Literacy Library Resource

The Student/Youth Mental Health Literacy Library gives any teacher, school counselor or other staff member a comprehensive resource of professionally vetted curricula and school presentations to easily and quickly compare available programs at their fingertips. The site has three very important features.

Project AWARE

Project AWARE is a federally funded grant for school mental health systems and services, currently in place at three Yakima Valley school districts. Educators from any district can access the Project AWARE behavioral health tools and resources available on OSPI’s Project AWARE Moodle page.