Mental Health Programs in Schools

Transforming Student Lives Through High-Quality Mental Health Programs

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ESS partners with school districts to help them implement culturally inclusive mental health and behavioral support programs that improve care, strengthen outcomes, address trauma, and maintain students in their home district.

Because every child deserves to reach their full potential.

ESS offers a multi-tiered approach to K-12 Mental Health Care

We provide clinical programs, professional learning, and consulting services to help districts introduce mental health best practices and build a mental health continuum that supports the needs of every student.

The MTSS Framework for
Mental Health Programs in Schools

The ESS Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Framework for Mental Health provides educators with a common vision for organizing mental health support structures to ensure that every student is getting differentiated treatment based on the intensity of need.

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Intensive, In-School Clinical Support
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Moderate Intensity Care and Crisis Response
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Mental Health Awareness and Prevention
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Mental Health Vision and Planning
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ESS provides a holistic approach to mental health and behavioral support.

In-School Clinical Support

Intensive, In-School Clinical Support

For schools with a concentration of students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges TIER 3

Intensive, In-School Clinical Support

  • Programming for students with the most intensive mental health care challenges
  • Highly structured, longer in duration and wrap-around in nature
  • Meant to return students from ODP, avoid ODP or serve as preventative support
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Intensity Care

Moderate Intensity Care and Crisis Response

For students who have less intensive needs or who might not be on a school’s radar screen TIER 2

Moderate Intensity Care and Crisis Response

  • Programming for students with mild to moderate challenges
  • Less intensive therapeutic structure
  • Crisis assessment, crisis response and crisis re-entry programs
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Mental Health Awareness and Prevention

Mental Health Awareness and Prevention

For districts focusing on prevention, teacher preparation, and the creation of a whole school culture of mental health awareness TIER 1

Mental Health Awareness and Prevention

  • Comprehensive mental health professional learning plans for educators and parents/guardians
  • Universal support initiatives
  • Develop capacity building initiatives focused on Trauma Informed supports
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Mental Health Vision and Planning

Mental Health Vision and Planning

For districts seeking to define a vision for mental health care, and build a plan to make that vision a reality THE FOUNDATION

Mental Health Vision and Planning

  • Mental health needs assessment
  • Clinical consultation
  • MTSS playbook design
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Addressing the mental health epidemic facing our young people is vital, especially in a post pandemic world.

Even before COVID-19, there was a mental health crisis. Over the past decade, children and adolescents experienced an increase in mental health challenges.

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of youth ages 13 to 18-years had a mental health disorder.

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of 12 to 17-years-old experienced a major depressive episode in 2019, compared to 8% in 2009.

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increase in deaths by suicide among youth between 2014-2017.

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increase in ER visits for mental health issues among 12-17 year-olds between March and October 2020.

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We have an obligation to address the mental health epidemic and to help every student reach their full potential.

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Let’s Discuss Your Student Mental Health Needs

Fill out the form to request a meeting with one of our clinical experts to explore ways we can partner to strengthen your mental health programs.

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Learn more about Funding Sustainable School-Based Mental Health Programs

Complete this form to schedule a free mental health planning session where we will discuss available financial sources you can leverage to fund school-based mental health programs in your district.

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Our Unwavering Focus on Data Collection

At ESS, we have an unrelenting focus on data, measuring results, and communicating to our partners the proven impact our programming has on mental health, school outcomes and financial sustainability.

With every ESS partner, we will:

• Set data driven goals at the beginning of every implementation

• Have regular “Report Card” meetings in which we share the impact of ESS services

• Monitor data along the way to look for potential risk areas so that these can be proactively addressed

Learn more about our Will to Wellness 6 Step Framework

Complete this form to discuss best practices for districts, states, and federal policymakers that will reinvent mental health in schools over the next five years.

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Speak with our experts to learn how your district can improve outcomes and reduce costs

Complete this form to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your needs and challenges and to provide insights on where you may be able to improve mental health support.

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