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Mental Health

According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health (1999) an estimated one in five students will experience a mental health problem during their school years, with 11% experiencing significant mental health impairment. With such a significant proportion of students experiencing social/emotional problems, it is important for school personnel to know about the supports that students need to benefit from education. Research supports the fact that a positive school climate and effective interventions can contribute to improved student achievement.


Professional Development

Training:  BASC3 and Vineland-3 Preview

COMING SOON!  Please join us for an overview of the new edition of the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Ed. (BASC3) and a preview of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Ed. (Vineland-III)!  Hosted by the Colorado Department of Education in collaboration with Pearson Publishing Company at no cost to participants, featuring invited presenter Amy Dilworth Gabel, Ph.D.


School Mental Health and Behavior Listserv

The School Mental Health and Behavior Listserv is a great way to receive information through periodic emails on statewide trainings, job opportunities, and mental health and/or behavior related events.  If you would like to sign up for the listserv, please send your request to Brittany Johnstone, School Psychology Intern, at


Tools and Resources

  • ABC's of Young Children's Well-Being (PDF)
  • Red Flags of Adolescent Behavior (PDF)
  • Guide to School Mental Health Services, June 2007 (BEING REVISED)
    Developed by the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE, a “Guide to School Mental Health Services” is designed to assist school personnel, students and their families in understanding and accessing mental health services in school and during transition from school.  For parents and school staff who may have questions about the mental health services available in schools and how to access these supports, the guide begins with a description of the signs that a student may need mental health services and describes how an initial referral is made


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