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

How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money? A recent survey conducted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Federal Program Administrators and Whiteboard Advisors finds that school leaders want to use Title IV funds to make students safer and provide more school counseling services. (Edweek, 6/17) ;

Pa. district works to ease high-school transition A program in the School District of Philadelphia is intended to help smooth the transition to high school by creating a school-within-a-school model for freshmen. About one-third of the city's high-schoolers do not graduate on time, and one principal said the transition to ninth grade is a key stumbling block. (The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News, 5/21) ;

IN - Schools Work on Reducing Expulsions, Suspensions Focus turns toward changing behaviors, keeping academic pace. (Tribune Star, May 19) ;
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Suspension and Expulsion

FL School Superintendents: 'Now Is The Time' To Deliver Student Mental Health care Florida's 67 district school superintendents held a mental health summit to address what they'd already considered a crisis before the Parkland tragedy. Led by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, the summit drew lawmakers, behavioral health providers and state agency heads to Orlando for what many called an unprecedented gathering. (WFSU, April 30) ;

The Number of Homeless Students in WA Is at an All-Time High.That’s according to data released by the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on Thursday that showed there were 40,934 homeless students in 2016-17, a 3 percent increase from 2015-16. (Olympian, April 13)

Universal Preschool Is Most Cost-Effective, Study Finds
Because preschool programs that include all kids boost low-income 4-year-olds’ reading scores, they could be a better way to spend tax dollars, according to a Dartmouth economist. (Hechinger Report, April 10)

>County to pay rent so children don't have to change schools. To keep 26 children from being yanked out of their Northeast Portland (OR) elementary school mid-school-year, Multnomah County will spend $48,000 to cover the steep rent increases that threatened to displace them and their families. Rigler Elementary School is in the county's SUN Community Schools program, which provides after-school activities and social services to disadvantaged students. The county-connection made reallocation of funds possible. County officials decided that, through the SUN program, they'd made an investment in Rigler children's success and wanted to support that community.

>North Carolina's School-Based Mental Health Initiativ. Requires all LEAs/charter schools to develop and implement a plan for assessing and improving the effectiveness of existing supports for addressing the mental health and substance use needs of the student population. Each plan is to address (1) universal prevention, (2) early intervention services, and (3) referral, treatment, and re-entry. In addition, state-level supports via consultation and training are described. Policy statement


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