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School-based mental health services are an essential component of our education system. Trauma, stress and conflict can interfere with almost every aspect of a child's learning. Access to these services not only improves students' physical and psychological safety, but also reduces costly negative outcomes such as:
A school-based mental health clinician is a counselor, social worker, or other qualified mental health professional. They:
Mental health clinicians have ongoing therapeutic relationships with students. They assist students in a variety of areas:
Clinicians also talk with teachers and administrators and offer support around student issues in the classroom while advocating for positive behavior interventions in the classroom.
The Health Systems Division provides direct funding to 17 counties in the highest-need areas of Oregon. These are areas that do not have a School-Based Health Center.
The funds help these counties provide mental health services to approximately 70 schools. For schools served by this funding, view our provider map.
Local mental health clinicians are placed directly in local schools to provide person-centered, trauma-informed rapid crisis and clinical interventions directly to youth and families. They also help teachers with mental health related issues in their classrooms.
Fran PearsonSchool-Based Mental Health Program and Policy Coordinator
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