School-Based Mental Health (SBMH)

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) office of School Health Services provides guidance and technical assistance 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


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For more information, please contact:


Lindsay McGhee, School-Based Mental Health Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary & Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #14
Little Rock, AR 72201
Fax: 501-682-4886



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