Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports


Keep up with the National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports. For details and for free access to the new work entitled: Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Developing a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System, see

OR Ed Department Short on Schools, Sites to Help Expand Summer Meals for Kids. The program — which provides free meals to all children ages 1-18, regardless of family income — helps ensure children and teens receive nutritious meals during summer months. The state is trying to expand the program for 2019, especially in 15 targeted counties, including Marion and Yamhill counties in the Mid-Willamette Valley. see

MT Sees Record Number of Foster Youth Attend College. In the 2018-2019 school year Montana saw a record number of former foster care youth attending higher education through the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program. ETV provides resources to aid with the education and training of those youth aging out of foster care. see

Half of youths with mental health disorders go untreated.
Researchers estimate that 7.7 million youths ages 6 to 17, or nearly 16.5% of school-aged children, had one or more mental health disorder, but only half of them had undergone mental health treatment during the previous year. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics, based on 2016 National Survey of Children's Health data, also showed that childhood mental health problems were most prevalent in Maine and least prevalent in Hawaii, while untreated pediatric mental health conditions were most common in North Carolina and least common in Washington, D.C.  see

1.3 Million Homeless Students: New Federal Data Show a 70 Percent Jump in K-12 Homelessness Over Past Decade, With Big Implications for Academic Performance. Utilizing data from 44 states, the report shows that students who experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year had a graduation rate of 64 percent — compared with a 77.6 percent graduation rate among other low-income students, and a national average of 84.1 percent. See


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