Strengthening School-Based Mental Wellness Supports

The Foundation is researching and implementing sustainable best practices for school-based mental wellness services. In 2016, we partnered with the George Washington University Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) — a national resource and technical assistance center that advances effective school health programs, policies and practices — to conduct a systematic landscape analysis of existing services and supports provided through and with schools. This work continues to guide recommendations for advancing school-based mental wellness supports that the Foundation will be developing and/or piloting over the next five years.

The initial work culminated in further learning partnerships with two charter schools in the District of Columbia — DC Prep and Monument Academy — during the 2016-2018 school years. Through these partnerships, the schools will increase their universal prevention efforts, increase their use of data to guide services provided to students, and coordinate school and community resources to allow for a continuum of services for children and their families from the school day to out-of-school time.