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(p. 503) Accessing Targeted and Intensive Mental Health Services 

(p. 503) Accessing Targeted and Intensive Mental Health Services
(p. 503) Accessing Targeted and Intensive Mental Health Services

Tammy L. Hughes

and Maggie B. Mazzotta

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date: 15 January 2021

One in five children and adolescents experience a mental health disorder during their school-aged years. Given that almost all children attend school, this setting offers the opportunity to deliver a wide range of services including universal prevention programs, targeted support for at-risk youth, and tailored individual treatments that can be coordinated with community and family supports. However, there is debate about what is a schools’ responsibility. Schools prioritize services on issues that interfere with the youth’s educational gains. Yet, there are major differences in perspectives about what is an educational matter. This autonomy means that children in some districts receive services while other children in other districts do not. This chapter offers readers a full picture of the challenges schools address and how to work within these systems. How to negotiate and coordinate with school teams to address child mental health needs is detailed.

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