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On April 7, 2017, the NC State Board of Education (SBE) adopted a policy intended to support all NC public school students in the prevention and quality intervention of mental health and substance use issues. The multi-agency NC School Mental Health Initiative (NCSMHI) worked with the SBE to develop the policy (SHLT-003).

Additional Information on the NC School Mental Health Initiative and State Board of Education Policy:

Summary of SHLT-003 requirements:

  • a plan for every NC public school system and charter school to develop/improve a full range of mental health and substance use services that will include:
    • universal prevention;
    • early intervention services;
    • referral, treatment, and re-entry support
  • ​coordination of mental health and substance use services between schools, families, and community providers
  • ​mental health and substance use training for school staff
  • ​NC Department of Public instruction support to schools for statewide training, guidance, technical assistance, and materials at no cost
  • ​implementation for traditional public schools SY 2018-19 and for charter schools SY 2019-20

When effectively utilized, school psychologists and other specialized instructional support personnel (school counselors, school nurses, school social workers) can serve an integral role in the planning and implementation of the policy to support the mental health and well-being of students in NC public schools.

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Source: Mental Health America

The following mental health information and resources are offered to support equitable student access to quality mental health and substance use education, prevention and intervention:

National Resources:

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Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth: The Benefits of Having Schools Assess Available Programs and Services

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Center for School Mental Health (CSMH)

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Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)


UCLA School Mental Health Project


Relevant NASP Position Statements:

NASP White Papers:

NASP Resolutions:

State Resources:


NCSPA School Mental Health Topic Brief (pending finalization)

District (voices from the field):