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School-Based Behavioral Health

Contact: Kelly Stern
Educational Specialist (203-5515 ext 2306)

The Department's movement into School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) has been planned and meets or moves to achieve nationally recognized goals identified in the Surgeon General's Report on Child Mental Health and the SAMSHA sponsored UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools. That is, the delivery of behavioral health services in an educational setting has been validated as a best practice that is effective in addressing student behavioral needs. In addition, the SBBH policies and procedures meet the legal requirements of federal and state statutes, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, the Americans Disabilities Act, and the Felix Consent Decree. It was authorized by the passage of Act 91, Section 22, Session Laws, 2001.
Practically speaking SBBH is already meeting with success through improved outcomes and cost effectiveness. Costs for this current year are projected to be less than similar services provided last year. The request for FY 03 is the same amount as FY02 even though more students are expected to require such services. Projections for FY03 anticipate reduction in referral and cost for formal services due to the increased effectiveness of prevention and early intervention components related to School Based Behavior Health. Furthermore, SBBH has placed support resources in schools enabling rapid responses to support students and parents during community specific and national tragedies.