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.
Children’s Behavioral Health Services Fund (CBHSF)
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
If you have questions or need assistance completing the referral forms, outreach the provider contacts listed below.
Arizona Youth & Family Services
Jennifer Sander: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct: 602-277-4833 x 303
Referral Email: QSPreferral@azyfs.org
AYFS School Referral and FAQs
Community Bridges, Inc.
Shannon Powell, Spowell@Cbridges.com
CBI Adolescent Referral Form
Maricopa County Referrals:
Valerie Malone AZOpReferrals@devereux.org
Devereux CBHSF Referral Form
Family Involvement Center*
Parent Assistance Center/Parent HelpLine
Vania Schmidt, Vania@FamilyInvolvementCenter.org
Olivia Ruiz, Olivia@FamilyInvolvementCenter.org
Sarah Fleming, Sarah@FamilyInvolvementCenter.org
FIC Referral Form for School Services
Horizon Health and Wellness
HHW Eligibility and Benefits Department: EB@hhwaz.org
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 Family Wellness Referral Form
1-877-779-2470 or 602-995-1767
Email referrals to: Referrals@rhaz.org
Resilient Health Referral Form
Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H)
SBandH Referral School Form
SWN School Referral Form
Terros School Referral Forms:
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 Erica.Chavez@touchstonebh.org
THS Referral Form
Valle Del Sol
Valle Del Sol Referral Form