Financing Strategies
to Address
Barriers to Learning

Periodically, windows of opportunities arise for providing inservice at schools about mental health and psychosocial concerns. When such opportunities appear, it may be helpful to access one or more of our Center's Quick Training Aids.

Each of these offers a brief set of resources to guide those providing an inservice session. (They also are a form of quick self-tutorial.)    

Most encompass    
  • key talking points for a short training session    
  • a brief overview of the topic    
  • facts sheets    
  • tools    
  • a sampling of other related information and resources
  • In compiling resource material, the Center tries to identify those that represent "best practice" standards. If you know of better material, please let us know so that we can make improvements.

    Guide for Suggested Talking Points

    1. Brief Overview

    1. Two questions to be covered:
      1. What are major financing strategies?
      2. What are some relevant financing sources/initiatives?
    2. Present main points from:
      About Financing - Excerpted from Center packet entitled: Financial Strategies to Aid in Addressing Barriers to Learning, Preface.
      1. Funding is critical to the success of new initiatives. Money doesn't solve problems, but solving complex problems does require financial resources.
      2. Make sure to cover the two essential principles of good financial planning
      3. Note the four points from CSSP, about pursuing various avenues for financing programs and services.
    3. Financing Mental Health for Children & Adolescents - Excerpted from Center Brief and Fact Sheet entitled: Financing Mental Health for Children and Adolescents, pp. 7-8.
      1. Draw attention to what is spent in schools, perhaps compare to local budgeting as a jumping off point. Where is the school doing well with current resources? Where is more funding needed?
      2. Stress current funding sources.
    4. Chart of School-Based Health Care Financing - Adapted from Creative Financing for School-Based Health Centers: A Tool Kit (, pg. 50., a publication of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
      1. Use as an overhead or presentation slide (color version available) to demonstrate a variety of potential sources/initiatives.
      2. Can be used to generate ideas, brainstorming, or discussion.

  • Fact Sheets/Practice Notes
    1. Funding Initiatives - Excerpted from Addressing Barriers to Learning, Volume 5, Number 4, Fall, 2000.
      1. Compare to areas of need.
      2. Clarify the difference between targeting specific problems and making schoolwide reforms.
    2. Title I as a Resource for Addressing Barriers to Learning . Excerpted from various sources by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA.
      1. Note the differences in schoolwide vs. targeted assistance programs. Both have pros and cons, which would be better for your school at this time?
      2. Depending on whether you are pursuing a schoolwide or targeted approach, you might choose a few of the identified funding sources through Title I in relation to the school's current or planned projects/activities.

  • Tools/Handouts
    1. Mapping Funding Sources -
    2. Surfin' for Funds - An aid developed by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA.
    3. Healthy Youth Funding Project - CDC Resource ( a Database allowing you to search for federal, foundation, and state-specific funding sources.
    4. Ten Grant Writing Tips - Tips from (

  • Model Programs
    1. An Example of Funding and Program Resources: The California Experience - Excerpted from Center packet entitled: Financial Strategies to Aid in Addressing Barriers to Learning, pp 71-82. Originally cited from Funding and Program Resources: California's Healthy Start by Rachel Lodge (Healthy Start Field Office: UC Davis, 1998).
    2. Baltimore City Public Schools: School-Based Mental Health Programs 1998-1999 Overview. Adapted from Glass-Siegel, M. & Leslie, L. (1999). Partnership between education and mental health: Baltimore's Experience. Presented 9/17/1999.

  • Additional Resources
    1. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and Community Schools. Community Schools Online, Vol. II, No. 4, March 11, 2002. Available online:
    2. Making Education Dollars Work: Understanding Resource Allocation Insights on Education Policy, Practice, and Research, Number 14, October 2001. Available online:
    3. QuickFind on Financing & Funding (printer-friendly format)
      To view the web-based quick find on Financing & Funding, click here

  • Originals for Overheads
    1. The central principle of all good financial planning
    2. It is unlikely that a single fincing approach will serve to support an agenda for major systemic changes.
    3. What are major financing strategies to address barriers to learning?
    4. Where to look for financing sources/initiatives?

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