Section 6: Coordination

Collaboration and coordination among stakeholders in the education and mental health field are necessary to increase student mental health. In order for efforts to be sustainable, there needs to be collaboration and buy-in at every level of leadership. The leadership between education and mental health entities need to coordinate efforts and work together from the State leadership, to the county and district leadership, to the school site and local mental health providers. 

This coordination is challenging work for many reasons as leadership, staff, and providers can often have different points of view, different priorities and even the language used can be different. This makes commitment to working together and across the systems so important and requires patience, flexibility and creativity. 

In efforts to support student mental health, collaboration between student supports, including partner agencies, and school administration and staff is vital. Included in this section are resources to support efforts of coordination at different levels of leadership.

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