Updated April 2012
School-based mental health services are provided by a wide range of professionals — counselors, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists. Their services include prevention-focused activities to create a healthy school environment, selective interventions with groups of students whose circumstances place them at higher risk for emotional or behavioral health problems, as well as diagnosis and treatment of individual students with specific health needs. Areas of particular interest within the school-based mental health field include school safety, prevention initiatives, substance abuse treatment, and financing mental health services.
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