Systematic Review of State School Mental Health Policies and Practices

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain an understanding of school mental health policies, practices, and programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  2. learn how states assess and deliver school mental health services to minoritized populations within schools.
  3. identify how states use student outcome data to monitor the mental health and well-being of school-aged youth.


Due to the high prevalence of mental health concerns among youth, schools are a critical setting to provide services to school-aged youth. However, there is wide variation in state-level guidance around school mental health (SMH), including policies, practices, and funding streams. This presentation provides findings from a systematic review of state-level policies, practices, and guidance related to SMH services. Attendees will also learn how states are addressing the mental health needs of minoritized students.



Katie Eklund, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sophia C. Dodge, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eliza S. Godfrey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madeline Wadington, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Noah Gill, Harrison Chalnick

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