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.

School professionals (i.e., counselor, social worker, psychologist, nurse, etc) can make referrals to community mental health providers after getting parent/guardian consent. The School-Based Universal Referral Form can be found on the AHCCCS website at


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 Accessing Behavioral Health Services in Schools.


Provider Name

Contact Information

Arizona Youth & Family Services

Direct:  602-277-4833 x 303

Referral Email: 

Brain Solutions PLLC

Jonathan C. Mackey, 

Community Bridges, Inc.* 

Family Involvement Center*

Parent Assistance Center/Parent HelpLine  


Vania Schmidt,  
Olivia Ruiz,
Sarah Fleming,

Free Life Wellness

Courtney Gooch,

Horizon Health and Wellness

HHW Eligibility and Benefits Department:


Jewish Family and Children’s Service

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

CSRC Telephone # 602-256-0528



Lifeline PCS


New Hope of Arizona, Inc.*


Open Hearts


Phone: 602-285-5550

Paper Cranes Healthcare


Resilient Health

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

Email referrals to:

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H)

Southwest Network


Spectrum Healthcare 

Terros Health


The Resolution Group Inc.*

480 962-9288 X 2

Touchstone Health Services

Members: Member Services at 866-207-3882

Schools: Erica Chavez

Valle Del Sol


*=Specialty Provider