Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health

The Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services melds a System of Care within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). The Framework includes three models of service delivery for students with high behavioral health needs:

1.) Co-located services, where a district or school has a school-based health center that includes behavioral health and primary care

2.) A school-based therapist, where a therapist from the community comes to the district or school to deliver group and individual based therapy

3.) A referral to a community based therapist, where a district or school has a strong relationship with a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) and has a streamlined referral process with the center to create a seamless service delivery model for children, adolescents, and their families

The Framework provides a guide for K-12 student supports on prevention, early intervention, and intervention for students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs as well as the key elements required to implement comprehensive school behavioral health systems in districts and schools across Colorado.

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