ESMHEuropean Science-Media Hub (EU)
ESMHExpanded School Mental Health Program (student health service)
ESMHEastern Shore Memorial Hospital (Canada)
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Given the reality of poor capacity in child and adolescent education, and in mental health systems, we must develop advocacy and build infrastructure to promote ESMH, including systematic strategies to:
* Involve youth, families, school staff, community leaders (including faith communities), university personnel, business leaders, advocates, and legislators in efforts to advance ESMH.
Based on this experience in developing a partnership between an ESMH program and an OMHC, the following recommendations are made, both for programs seeking to initiate a similar model, and more generally to the field of expanded school mental health.
Early data indicate that ESMH programs are, in fact, associated with improved learning and behavioral outcomes for schools and for students (Armbruster, Gerstein, & Fallon, 1997; Armbruster & Lichtman, 1999; Nabors & Reynolds, 2000; Weist, Paskewitz, Warner, & Flaherty, 1996).
Thus, a sequence of activities involving restructuring of education "support" services to enable student learning, and enrichment of secondary prevention and tertiary care through ESMH, begins to move a school or school district toward a system of care.
This project evolved from ideas presented at an annual critical issues meeting sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA).[12] The purpose of these meetings has been to convene a panel of national experts to discuss important topics and future directions for the ESMH field.
The growth of ESMH programs coincides with the development of school-based health centers (SBHCs) that offer primary health care including treatment of injury and acute illness, physical examinations and laboratory tests, and in some cases, reproductive health services.
As evidence mounts that ESMH programs have multiple beneficial outcomes for youth, it will become possible to determine with more precision which specific treatments and treatment elements are related to positive changes for children with specific problems, such as phobias or depression.
As expanded school mental health (ESMH) programs grow, providing a broad range of assessment, intervention, and prevention services to youth, so has the number of mental health professionals working in schools.
These expanded school mental health (ESMH) programs offer several other advantages over services provided in traditional settings, including reductions in special education referrals,[4] opportunities for clinicians to observe students in multiple school settings and to follow them over time, and the potential to improve the overall school environment through collaboration with teachers, administrators, and school health staff.[2] In addition, because youth can self-refer for services, those whose symptoms may otherwise go unnoticed by caregivers and school staff are able to access treatment.[3]