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School Mental Health

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Since 2000, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has provided cross-system leadership in the development of the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) initiative. This program supports evidence-based training to equip parents and caregivers of young children with the skills to help their children develop into mentally healthy individuals. Parents and teachers who effectively nurture, support and connect with young children, especially those experiencing social or emotional difficulty, can ameliorate future disabling problems. Positive school climates, along with expanded models of seemless integrated behavioral health services, will ensure our students have an equal chance to succeed in school. Strategies that bring families, schools and professionals together will improve behavioral and academic outcomes for children and youth.

Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs

An important goal of the Center for School-Based Mental Health is to build collaborative relationships with schools and community agencies to address the mental health and school success of children and adolescents through the promotion of expanded school mental health programs and services. The intent is to promote the development and implementation of effective programs to enhance healthy psychological development of school-age students and reduce mental health barriers to learning.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

The Center for Teaching Diverse Learners at OCALI provides professional development, technical assistance, consultation and resources for educational agencies, programs, practitioners, and families working to improve the quality of life and learning for individuals who have significant cognitive and low incidence disabilities. The center offers guidance to professionals and families with a focus on standards-based planning and instruction.

Suicide Prevention Foundation

Promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts.