Estimating Cost of School-Based Mental Health With Discrete Event Simulation

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. review the implications for school psychology practice and provide school psychologists free access to the tools utilized and resources to advocate for adoption of school-based mental health services.
  2. understand the need and cost of providing comprehensive school-based mental health services in comparison to typical business as usual.
  3. be provided a demonstration of the Discrete Event Simulation based on three scenarios (no wait, typical, and acceptable scenarios).
  4. provided free access to the Discrete Event Simulation webpage after the presentation.
  5. receive a live demonstration of the cost comparisons with access to the cost comparison models after the presentation.


Complete school-based mental health (SMH) has been shown effective to stem the development of more severe problems and prevent long-term negative life outcomes. However, educators are often hesitant to adopt comprehensive SMH services since schools may not have the capacity to provide services to at-risk youth, may result in overspending, and/or lead to overworked school personnel. Thus, the current study seeks to estimate costs, staff requirements, and staff utilization of SMH using discrete event simulation.



Andrew Jenkins, University of South Florida
Nathaniel von der Embse, University of South Florida
Brianna N. Chin, University of South Florida


Stephen P. Kilgus

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