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, TomchakL@mercycareaz.org 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: www.azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/Initiatives/BehavioralHealthServices