Behavioral Health in Schools

Mental health conditions can affect anyone including school-aged children. One in 5 children is affected by a mental health condition. The two most common conditions among children and adolescents are anxiety and depression but other difficulties can affect their ability to benefit from their classroom.

Mental health issues among children are described as serious changes in the way they learn, behave or handle their emotions that causes distress and problems getting through the day. It's important to watch for symptoms in children because they can affect a childs overall health and relationships throughout life. Identifying problems early can help children get the support they need.

If a school district or school within Arizona would like information on behavioral health providers within their geographic area or are interested in obtaining a partnership with a behavioral health provider, schools can reach out to Lauren Tomchak, for more information.

The Children’s Behavioral Health Services Fund (CBHSF), in Senate Bill 1523, provides funding for behavioral health services for children who are uninsured or underinsured when behavioral health services are referred through an educational institution. Schools that meet the requirement are able to refer students for behavioral health services and services can be provided on or off school campuses.

For more information on this funding, go to the AHCCCS website:

If you have questions or need assistance completing the referral forms, outreach the provider contacts listed below.

Provider Name

Contact Information

Referral Form

Arizona Youth & Family Services

Jennifer Sander: 

Direct:  602-277-4833 x 303
Referral Email:

AYFS School Referral and FAQs

Community Bridges, Inc.

Shannon Powell,

 CBI Adolescent Referral Form


Maricopa County Referrals:

Valerie Malone


 Devereux CBHSF Referral Form

Family Involvement Center*

Parent Assistance Center/Parent HelpLine  


Vania Schmidt,  
Olivia Ruiz,
Sarah Fleming,

 FIC Referral Form for School Services

Horizon Health and Wellness

HHW Eligibility and Benefits Department:


 HHW School Referral Form

Jewish Family and Children’s Service

Referrals should be sent to the existing CSRC fax # 602-254-8611


CSRC Telephone # 602-256-0528

 JFCS BH Referral Form


 LaFrontera-EMPACT Referral Form

New Hope of Arizona, Inc.*

Name: Juan Alvarez



 New Hope School Referral Form

Open Hearts



Phone: 602-285-5550

 Open Hearts Family Wellness Referral Form

Resilient Health

1-877-779-2470 or 602-995-1767

Email referrals to:


 Resilient Health Referral Form

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H)

 SBandH Referral School Form

Southwest Network


 SWN School Referral Form

Terros Health


 Terros School Referral Forms:

English / Spanish

The Resolution Group Inc.*

480 962-9288 X 2

 The Resolution Group School Referral Form

Touchstone Health Services

Members: Member Services at 866.207.3882

Schools: Erica Chavez

 THS Referral Form

Valle Del Sol

 Valle Del Sol Referral Form


*=Specialty Provider