by Rusty Selix
With this blog, I am transmitting a survey done over the past year about school mental health. Counties’ interest in school-based mental health programs has been going on for decades, and schools’ interest in offering mental health services and supports on campuses has been going on as long.
For 20 years starting in the early 1990s, the state funded a program known as the Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) which supported children in kindergarten to third grade who were in the 10th to 25th percentile in function. The program had the best data support of any program I am aware of. It seems the children consistently improved their performance to over the 35th percentile and maintained it for at least two years. The state Department of Mental Health reported that it never saw those kids again, meaning they never became special education placements due to serious emotional disturbance under what was then known as the AB 3632 program, and they also did....
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