The purpose of the Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems program is to increase student access to high-quality mental health care by developing innovative approaches that link school systems with the local mental health system.

A program must work to enhance, improve, or develop collaborative efforts between school-based service systems and mental health service systems to provide, enhance, or improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services to students. It should also enhance the availability of crisis intervention services, appropriate referrals for students potentially in need of mental health services, and ongoing mental health services.

The program also must provide training for the school personnel and mental health professionals who will participate in the program, provide technical assistance and consultation to school systems and mental health agencies and families participating in the program, and provide linguistically appropriate and culturally competent services.

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