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Access to School-Based Mental Health Supports and Roles of School-Employed Mental Health Professionals

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The following resource contains excerpted information authored and endorsed by numerous school and school mental health organizations, including the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the School Social Work Association of America.  The intent of this resource is to provide information on the background and skillsets of school-employed mental health professionals and initiate dialogue around how to effectively utilize their services to support students, families, and school communities.  It is not intended to be utilized to determine the specific roles, functions, or the "tier of service" provided by these professionals.   

Updated: 12.2017


Please Note:

This resource is intended for educational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to take the place of informed professional diagnosis, advice, or recommendations. The KSDE TASN ATBS SMHI assumes no liability for errors or for the way in which this information is used.

The contents of this resource were developed under an agreement from the Federal Department of Education to the Kansas State Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education or the Federal Government should not be assumed. TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports is funded through Part B funds administered by the Kansas State Department of Education’s Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services. TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports School Mental Health Initiative does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Deputy Director, Keystone Learning Services, 500 E. Sunflower, Ozawkie, KS 66070, 785-876-2214.