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SAMHSA Releases First National Survey of School Mental Health Services

1/25/2006:   One-fifth of students receive some type of school-supported mental health services during the school year, according to a new national survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Elementary, middle, and high schools all cite social, interpersonal, or family problems as the most frequent mental health problems for students.

SAMHSA documents the survey's findings in a new publication School Mental Health Services in the United States, 2002-2003. The report 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.

Topics explored in the survey report include types of mental health problems encountered in school settings; types of 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.

In addition to the online version of the report, free hard copies are obtainable at 800/789-2647.

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