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The Hopeful Futures Campaign is leveraging a three-pronged strategy to achieve its goal of ensuring comprehensive mental health systems in every school in America.

  1. Policy Advocacy – Inseparable will lead the development of innovative, digital-forward campaigns to build political and grassroots support for the passage of key school mental health policies in state houses across the country.
  2. Securing Funding – Significant investment is needed to effectively implement and sustain comprehensive school mental health policies. Inseparable will identify funding pathways and advocate for increased funding for school mental health at the federal, state, and local levels.
  3. Technical Assistance – The campaign will work with policymakers and other stakeholders at all levels of government to ensure that schools and districts have ready access to robust technical expertise as needed for policy and program implementation.

 

Four Core Policy Areas

  1. Early Identification – Given the high prevalence and recurrence of mental health disorders, it is important to identify problems early and connect students to needed services and supports through regular screening and referral to accessible care.
  2. School-based Mental Health Services – Schools should offer accessible multi-tiered mental health supports and services to promote students’ academic, social, and psychological development. (Include MTSS Pyramid)
  3. Trained Educators, Staff, and Mental Health Professionals – Schools must have specialized support teams that include counselors, psychologists, and other trained professionals to provide support from assessment to treatment. In addition to ensuring a team of mental health professionals in each school, we must equip educators with social and emotional skills and mental health literacy needed to create a healthier classroom and workforce.
  4. School – Community Partnerships – Developing collaborative working relationships between schools and the larger community will create pathways to ensure the delivery of comprehensive mental health services and allow for the creation of a system of care in which services within the school system are enhanced, not duplicated.

 

Best Practices for Policy and Program Implementation

  1. Data – Employing data-driven decision-making, measuring and mapping outcomes, and establishing accessible data systems are all critical components to maintaining a comprehensive school mental health system.
  2. Evidence-based Interventions – Ensuring programs being implemented have been tested through a scientifically rigorous process, and are effective and culturally relevant based on a school population’s strengths and needs.
  3. Needs Assessment and Resource Mapping – Conducting a needs assessment offers a systematic process for identifying a school’s needs and helps staff determine priorities. Similarly, resource mapping offers schools and districts a comprehensive view of school and community mental health services and resources available to students and families.
  4. Sustainable Funding – States, school districts, and local agencies must identify innovative ways to implement, fund, and sustain critical school mental health supports for the long term.

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.