Toward the integration of education and mental health in schools

Marc S. Atkins, Kimberly E. Hoagwood, Krista Kutash, Edward Seidman

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Education and mental health integration will be advanced when the goal of mental health includes effective schooling and the goal of effective schools includes the healthy functioning of students. To build a solid foundation for this reciprocal agenda, especially within the zeitgeist of recent educational reforms, a change in the fundamental framework within which school mental health is conceptualized is needed. This change involves acknowledging a new set of priorities, which include: the use of naturalistic resources within schools to implement and sustain effective supports for students' learning and emotional/behavioral health; inclusion of integrated models to enhance learning and promote health; attention to improving outcomes for all students, including those with serious emotional/behavioral needs; and strengthening the active involvement of parents. A strong research agenda to support these new priorities is essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Children's mental health services
  • Ecological models
  • Education
  • School-based mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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