It is the mission of this partnership to develop recommendations for policy and/or legislative change to ensure that public school students in North Carolina have equitable access to a full continuum of high-quality and well-coordinated mental health services. The School Mental Health Initiative consists of a group of stakeholders representing diverse backgrounds and experiences related to the provision of mental health services to youth. For the purpose of this work, mental health services: Promote healthy development of social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning Prevent problems with social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning Respond to students experiencing concerns or problems with social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning Prevent and treat substance abuse
This toolkit, designed to help interested families become advocates for their children’s health and safety in school, was written in 2015 by national parent advocacy experts, Teri Saurer and Mary Louise Embrey, on behalf of the School Nurse Association of North Carolina (SNANC).
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