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Building Strong Partnerships: Education and Mental Health Systems Working Together to Advance Behavioral Health Screening in Schools  

Author:  Kathleen Lynne Lane.; Wendy Peia Oakes.; John Crocker.; Mark D. Weist.

Source: Volume 17, Number 04, Fall 2017 , pp.93-101(9)

Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth 2017

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This article reviews the needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs), noting the importance of early identification of problems through behavioral health screening. It features two examples of systematic screening: one focused on teacher-completed measures within a Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered (Ci3T) model of prevention in elementary school, the other focused on student self-report of EBDs at the high school level. Both examples illustrate the critical importance of partnerships between education and mental health systems to assure effective behavioral health screening and follow-up. Practical guidance for conducting behavioral health screening is provided, along with a call to action to escalate progress in research, practice, and policy, with specific recommendations for advancing the work in each of these realms.

Keywords: Behavioral health screening, student mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders, Ci3T model of prevention, student anxiety

Affiliations:  1: University of Kansas; 2: Arizona State University; 3: Methuen Public Schools; 4: University of South Carolina.

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