Together we can advocate for better mental health in our schools.

The Hopeful Futures Campaign is committed to ensuring that each student, teacher, and staff member inside a school system has access to the mental health supports and services they need. We believe this requires a comprehensive approach, including promoting a healthy school climate, providing prevention and early intervention training, building stronger ties to parents and communities, and ensuring adequate funding for implementation.

This scorecard focuses on state-level policy components that help achieve a comprehensive approach to school mental health as an important first step, but the right policies must be followed by technical assistance, adequate funding, and more.

This scorecard is a dynamic tool meant to shed light on each state’s accomplishments and gaps, and to provide motivated students, advocates, legislators, and allies a roadmap for making progress on school mental health in their state. The Hopeful Futures Campaign will work to ensure that every policy we develop and/or support centers equitable impact across all communities, is evidence-based, includes sufficient funding, and has built-in mechanisms for accountability and measurement.

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About This Scorecard

Led by Inseparable, the Hopeful Futures Campaign partners have developed legislative scorecards for all 50 states and DC to measure where each state has passed or established state-level policies and structures that guarantee and support comprehensive school mental health systems* in all schools and districts. Establishing the right policies is an important first step, but ensuring that each student, teacher, and staff member inside a school system has access to the care they need will require adequate and sustainable sources of funding, technical assistance, and more. The Hopeful Futures Campaign will work to ensure that any policies we develop and/or support center equitable impact across all communities, are evidence-based, include sufficient funding, and have built-in mechanisms for accountability and measurement. This scorecard is a dynamic tool meant to shed light on each state’s accomplishments and gaps, and to provide motivated students, advocates, legislators, and allies a roadmap for making progress on school mental health in their state. The Campaign will use the results of the scorecard to prioritize our policy and advocacy efforts in 2022 and beyond.

* Scorecard policy areas have been adapted from the National Center for School Mental Health’s framework for Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems (CSMSHS.) We have combined and divided categories to align with the current state mental health policy landscape.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.