Enhancing the Capacity of Rural Schools to Identify, Prevent, and Intervene in Youth Mental Health Concerns

Our Purpose

IDENTIFY. PREVENT. INTERVENE.

In partnership with rural schools, we will develop a comprehensive set of teacher and student surveys, tools, interventions, and professional development materials to help identify, prevent, and intervene in mental health concerns among students.

What will participation for rural school partners look like?
  1. 1
    Partnership Development

    Year 1: Be active partners in the development of tools and materials

  2. 2
    Expansion of the Early Identification System

    Years 2 and 3: Provide input and feedback on the Early Identification System and other materials developed through the Center

  3. 3
    Evaluation of the Early Identification System Model

    Years 4 and 5: Help evaluate the impact of the Early Identification System on students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes

20 percent of school-age children experience mental health issues
Nearly 20 percent of school-age children experience serious mental health issues yet few receive services, a situation exacerbated in rural settings.

Rural communities are incorrectly perceived as having fewer mental health needs given their small populations and low residential density. This along with their geographic isolation and scarce resources has resulted in limited mental health service options for rural youth and their families.

Nearly 20 percent of school-age children experience serious mental health issues yet few receive services, a situation exacerbated in rural settings.

Rural communities are incorrectly perceived as having fewer mental health needs given their small populations and low residential density. This along with their geographic isolation and scarce resources has resulted in limited mental health service options for rural youth and their families.

In The Media

    The current Early Identification System model includes:

    Online
    teacher and student-report assessment tools
    A dashboard system in which
    these data are shared with schools and linked to a menu of evidence-based interventions that schools can choose from to implement
    A dashboard system in
    which these data are shared with schools and linked to a menu of evidence-based interventions that schools can choose from to implement

    Web-based professional development and coaching to support the implementation of selected interventions

    Tools to monitor
    the progress and effectiveness of interventions selected