Implementation and Outcomes of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about a system-wide intervention in the context of an urban school district.
  2. learn about specific challenges and facilitators that may influence implementation of MTSS.
  3. learn about the relationship between the implementation of an MTSS framework and student behavioral health outcomes, particularly for historically marginalized students.


This presentation will review the implementation processes and student outcomes associated with the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM), which is a district-level MTSS prevention framework designed to reduce disproportionality in special education and discipline referrals through implementation of SWPBIS and universal SEL curriculum along with universal behavioral health screening. Participants will gain a better understanding of the successes and challenges of implementing a systems-level prevention intervention in a large urban district.



Alexis S. Ervin, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Jill S. Battal, Boston Public School District
Melissa Pearrow, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Whitney Walker, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Amy Kaye, PhD


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