Behavioral Health Services in School-Based Settings

Authors: Dana Foney, PhD, MS | Jessica Buche, MPH, MA | Megan Dormand, MPH

Topics: Behavioral Health

Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

December 1, 2018

As behavioral health issues largely manifest during school age, providing support for youth in a school setting allows for a greater chance of behavioral health care usage for them where they spend much of their time. This descriptive study expands on the information collected in the 2013–2014 School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) national census of school-based health centers (SBHCs) by identifying the range of school-based behavioral health services offered in designated and non-designated settings.

This report helps to determine common characteristics of schools and populations served, funding sources for behavioral health in schools, types of behavioral health services offered and common characteristics of the workforce, and barriers to service delivery.

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