What is the relationship between school-based mental health services (SBMHS) and other social-emotional well-being support programs and services?

SBMHS builds on a continuum of school programs, services and strategies provided by teachers and Student Services staff. This continuum includes high quality instruction, restorative justice, positive behavior intervention & supports (PBIS), social-emotional learning (SEL), classroom counseling lessons, behavioral support, or group and individual counseling  SBMHS is not a replacement for the continuum of services already provided by teachers and Student Services staff.

SBMHS are not provided in lieu of services that a student receives to meet their Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives; student service professionals employed by HCPSS are still responsible for working with students meeting the goals and objectives specified on a student’s IEP.