Role of School-Based Health Programs
School-based mental health programs (SBMHP) are in a critical role to respond to the mental health needs of children and adolescents exacerbated by COVID-19. SBMHPs, typically sponsored by community mental health centers (CHMCs) or federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), provide a continuum of support for students, including prevention and promotion curriculum, family and group psychoeducation and therapy programs, and individualized counseling & therapy.
Other types of school-based health (SBH) programs, such as school-based health centers and telehealth programs, are also in a position to address mental health needs exacerbated by COVID-19. These programs often have staff with trauma training and address holistic student needs through referrals and wraparound services, both of which may be further leveraged to support students.