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School-Based Mental Health Partnerships


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:

  • Disciplinary incidents
  • Delinquency
  • Dropping out
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Substance use disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Risky behaviors
  • Involvement with the criminal justice system

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:

  • Benton
  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Coos
  • Gilliam
  • Harney
  • Jefferson
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Linn
  • Malheur
  • Morrow
  • Sherman
  • Tillamook
  • Union
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco

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, 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.

Links and resources

National Center for School Mental Health
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Oregon Healthy Teens Survey
School-Based Health Center Program
Student Success Act
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Schools
Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Funding Map

View a map of the counties and schools that currently receive School-Based Mental Health Provider funds


Page Info

Fran Pearson
School-Based Mental Health Program and Policy Coordinator


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