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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:
The Health Systems Division provides direct funding to 17 counties in the highest-need areas of Oregon that do not have a School-Based Health Center:
The funds help these counties provide mental health services is approximately 70 schools.
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, and to assist teachers with mental health related issues in their classrooms.
A school-based mental health clinician is a counselor, social worker, or other qualified mental health professional who is licensed or certified under state law to serve school age children. They are situated in the school and offer crisis and clinical intervention services directly to students and families as needed.
Mental health clinicians have ongoing therapeutic relationships with students. They assist students in a variety of areas: how to manage healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and how to manage depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
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.
Fran PearsonSchool-Based Mental Health Program and Policy Coordinator
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