The purpose of this paper is to encourage state and local family and youth organizations, mental health agencies, education entities and schools across the nation to enter new relationships to achieve positive social, emotional and educational outcomes for every child. This paper offers recommendations and encouragement to family and youth organizations, state mental health and education leaders for policy development and changes needed to move toward systemic collaboration to coordinate and integrate programs and services. The aim is to align systems and ensure the promise of a comprehensive, highly effective system for children and youth and their families. Three appendixes are included on the development of the concept paper, resources for mental health in schools, and the dimensions of an accountability framework. (Author)
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National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.; National Association of State Mental Retardation Program Directors, Alexandria, VA.
Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.