Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH)

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) office of School Health Services provides guidance and technical assistant for the development of best practice school-based mental health programs within Arkansas public school districts. The ADE encourages schools to implement the following best practice principles to ensure quality school-based mental health services for students:

  • An emphasis on early identification
  • Full integration with the community and its resources
  • Placing students and their families at the center of service decisions
  • Providing services that are culturally competent
  • A focus on promoting school attendance and academic success
  • Services and supports validated by research and evidence-based practices
  • The use of technology, including telecommunications
Source: ADE School Based Mental Health Certification Manual (DOCX)
Resources Arkansas AWARE School-Based Health Center MITS SBMH Direct Billing


For more information, please contact:

Charis Mian, LPC, NCC, MEd CNSL Ed, S.CM
School Based Mental Health Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B, Slot #14
Little Rock, AR 72201
Fax: 501-683-6304
Phone: 501-682-5727
Cell: 501-813-0103

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