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The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework for organizing mental health systems. It is divided into 3 primary service delivery tiers that rest on a foundation of professional development, family-school-county-community partnerships, and strategies for continuous quality improvement.
The MTSS framework is designed to ensure consistency of structure, while simultaneously offering flexibility regarding the components of each of its 3 tiers. The system and its tiers are used for systems level design. They are not intended to be used at an individual level, and do not represent a diagnostic category or designation for a student. Rather, they refer to the level of services within a system that a student requires.
Schools and school districts fulfill an essential role in promoting and supporting the mental health and well-being of their diverse communities. The mental health and health systems and resources they offer to students, families, and staff depend on their constituents’ unique needs.
The 3 tiers include:
In education, an MTSS framework delineates the primary responsibility of education systems and their community partners. In general, schools and districts bear the primary responsibility for delivering foundational supports, and Tiers 1 and 2a. Community partners including community-based mental health agencies, county behavioral health services, community care organizations and other credentialed mental health providers hold primary responsibility for delivering mental health and health services for Tiers 2b and 3.
Download the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Arden Robinette - Mental Health Project Coordinator, Office of the Director
Jeremy Hogeweide - Mental Health Administrative Specialist, Office of the Director
Inquiries can also be directed to the ODE Mental Health email address.
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