Johnny Key

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

School Based Mental Health

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)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Betsy Kindall, School Based Mental Health Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
OUR Educational Cooperative
P.O. Box 610
Valley Springs, AR 72682
Phone: 870-302-3094

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