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Challenges to Collaboration in School Mental Health and Strategies for Overcoming Them.
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PMID:  22239135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: This article reviews challenges to collaboration in school mental health (SMH) and presents practical strategies for overcoming them. METHODS: The importance of collaboration to the success of SMH programs is reviewed, with a particular focus on collaboration between school- and community-employed professionals. Challenges to effective collaboration between school- and community-employed professionals in SMH are considered. Strategies for overcoming challenges to effective collaboration are presented. RESULTS: Marginalization of the SMH agenda, limited interdisciplinary teamwork, restricted coordination mechanisms, confidentiality concerns, and resource and funding issues are key challenges to collaboration. Strategies targeted toward each of these challenges may help improve the effectiveness of SMH programs and ultimately student outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: Collaboration between school- and community-employed professionals is critical to the success of SMH programs. Despite its promise, the success of SMH programs can be jeopardized by ineffective collaboration between school- and community-employed professionals. Strategies to overcome marginalization, promote authentic interdisciplinary teamwork, build effective coordination mechanisms, protect student and family confidentiality, and promote policy change and resource enhancements should be addressed in SMH improvement planning.
Authors:
Mark D Weist; Elizabeth A Mellin; Kerri L Chambers; Nancy A Lever; Deborah Haber; Christine Blaber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school health     Volume:  82     ISSN:  1746-1561     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376370     Medline TA:  J Sch Health     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  97-105     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012, American School Health Association.
Affiliation:
Professor, (weist@mailbox.sc.edu), Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, 1512 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Assistant Professor, (eam20@psu.edu), Penn State University, 327 CEDAR Building, University Park, PA 16802. Research Coordinator, (kstiegle@psych.umaryland.edu), University of Maryland Baltimore, 737 W. Lombard St, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Associate Professor, (nlever@psych.umaryland.edu), University of Maryland Baltimore, 737 W. Lombard St, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Vice President, (dhaber@edc.org), Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458. Associate Director, (cblaber@edc.org), Center for School and Community Health Programs in the Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458.
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