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SAMHSA News - January/February 2006, Volume 14, Number 1

Statistics Released on School Services

cover of School Mental Health Services in the United States, 2002-2003 - click to view the reportOne-fifth of students receive some type of school-supported mental health services during the school year, according to a new national survey released by SAMHSA.

Elementary, middle, and high schools all cite social, interpersonal, or family problems as the most frequent mental health problems for students.

The report, School Mental Health Services in the United States, 2002-2003, provides the first national survey of mental health services in a representative sample of the approximately 83,000 public elementary, middle, and high schools and their associated school districts in the United States.

Mental health services were defined as those services and supports delivered to individual students who have been referred and identified as having psychosocial or mental health problems.

"Taking action to address childhood mental health problems now can save lives, especially when school personnel work with parents to identify children and intervene appropriately before they develop significant problems," said SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W.

Topics explored in the survey include mental health problems encountered in school settings; mental health services that schools are delivering; numbers and qualifications of school staff providing mental health services; types of arrangements for delivering mental health services in schools, including collaboration with community-based providers; and major sources of funding for school mental health services.

Findings include:

  • Virtually all schools reported having at least one staff member whose responsibilities included providing mental health services to students.

  • The most common types of school mental health providers were school counselors, followed by nurses, school psychologists, and social workers. School nurses spent approximately one-third of their time providing mental health services.

For a print copy, contact SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center at 1 (800) 789-2647. To download an online copy of this publication, visit SAMHSA's Web site at www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/
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