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Student and Family Support (SFS)

Mental and Behavioral Health and Wellness Supports

The Behavioral and Mental Health team in the Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) works to help ensure that schools and districts build internal capacity to meet the social emotional and behavioral and mental health needs of their students, families and staff as well as develop their capacity to build partnerships with community-based providers.

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On August 10th, 2022, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2022 (An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health). This webpage provides a brief overview of the bill's K–12 education-related provisions that the DESE has a role in implementing. Please contact the Office of Student and Family Support with questions via achievement@doe.mass.edu . For additional information, you can also read How the Commonwealth's New Mental Health Act Impacts Schools provided by the Rennie Center (a DESE partner on several related initiatives).


What is a Comprehensive School Mental Health System (CSMHS)?

A Comprehensive School Mental Health System (CSMHS) is defined as school-district-community-family partnerships that provide a continuum of evidence-based mental health services to support students, families, and the school community.

A CSMHS:

  • Provides a full array of tiered mental health services
  • Includes a variety of collaborative partnerships
  • Uses evidence-based services and supports

Last Updated: November 4, 2022

 
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