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Connecting School Mental Health and Positive Behavior Supports


This practice group is a conduit for families, researchers,

administrators, and practitioners to find common interests and practices

related to SMH and PBS. PBS approaches are designed to prevent

problem behaviors by proactively altering the environment before

problems begin and concurrently teaching appropriate behavior.

School-wide positive behavior support systems support all students

along a continuum of need based on the three-tiered PBS prevention

model. SMH can be thought of as a framework of approaches

that promote children’s mental health by emphasizing prevention

programming, positive youth development and school-wide

approaches. These approaches call for collaboration among mental

health providers, educators, families, related service providers and

school administrators in order to meet the mental health needs of all

students.  By working collaboratively, this practice group seeks to

clarify the relationship between PBS and SMH in order to promote

seamless practice at the local level.

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Register for the Advancing School Mental Health Conference - Sept 22-24 in Charlestone, SC.
Posted on Friday 8th July 2011, 11:10am by Susan Bazyk
Please plan on attending the 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health to be held September 22-24, 2011 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, Charleston, S.C. The Conference is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education). The theme of this year’s conference is School Mental Health: Achieving Student Success through Family, School, and Community Partnerships.

The conference features twelve specialty tracks and offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills and to network related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.

Register online,

Seeking nominations for implementation sites for Interconnected Systems - School Mental Health and PBS
Posted on Friday 8th July 2011, 10:54am by Susan Bazyk
Hello Practice Group Members!

Since 2008, leaders from federally funded national centers for School Mental Health (SMH) and for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) have been working collaboratively to establish a framework inclusive of the experiences and knowledge of both centers.

During the past 18 months, the IDEA Partnership Community of Practice group on “Connecting School Mental Health and Positive Behavioral Supports” has been seeking feedback on the Interconnected Systems Framework paper(file posted on this site). As we continue to obtain feedback and expand the original concept paper, we are recruiting potential sites who have implemented components of the Interconnected Systems Framework . Specifically, we are seeking local and state level implementation sites that are in the process of developing collaborative strategies for integrating mental health and other community supports with multi-tiered PBIS structures. This includes sites that have identified key stakeholders representing mental health and education and have initiated a collaborative teaming process at the community or state level. We are also looking for sites using blended funding and collaborative evaluation tools (dialogue guides, fidelity tools/measure, surveys, self assessment)

We are asking our PBIS State Coordinators and School Mental Health leaders to nominate individuals, schools, or programs that have begun developing integrated approaches such as those described in the ISF. (You can also nominate yourself.) A brief nomination form is also attached on this site). We will review nominations and send selected sites drafts of facilitation guides around 1) blended funding and 2) integrated evaluation tools for these sites to use and provide feedback about their experiences.

We are also interested in having representatives of community and state sites that are implementing components of the ISF and have reviewed/used any of the Facilitation Guides participate in morning and lunch time Practice Group Sessions during the 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health SBMH in Charleston South Carolina on September 22,23. Participants may be asked to provide a 10-20 minute presentation that describes critical features of their strategy, tools used to assist in the implementation as well as documentation showing level of impact.

Please see the attached nomination form. We would appreciate having nominations by August 20th.

Please nominate a key leader from any community or state team that you think may want to participate in this process of developing tools for implementation of the ISF.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Lucille Eber and Susan Barrett

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New File - Interconnected Systems Framework for School Mental Healht
Posted on Wednesday 10th November 2010, 9:00am by Susan Bazyk
This document, developed by Susan Barrett and Lucille Eber, National PBIS Center Partners; Mark Weist, University of Maryland, Center for School Mental Health, aims to establish a framework linking PBS and School Mental Health in order to build more responsive and effective systems that connect mental health and schools.

Please download this document, read it and reflect on your experiences in school. We will be soliciting input from a variety of stakeholder groups to help continue to shape this framework and operationalize the concept of an interconnected systems framework inclusive of mental health and education, and guided by youth and families.

To download it - Go to 'view files by date' and click on the document icon.

During the next several months, we will be inviting you to participate in SharedWork discussion and conference calls in order to solicit your input.

Susan Bazyk, Practice Group facilitator

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