West Virginia Expanded School Mental Health

Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) is a multi-tiered system of support where schools, families, and strategic community partners work together to enhance student mental health in schools.

It is a framework that:

  • includes the full continuum of prevention, early intervention, and mental health treatment
  • serves all students
  • builds upon core programs/services being provided by schools
  • emphasizes shared responsibility between schools, mental health providers, and community partners

Schools who utilize the Expanded School Mental Health model will receive positive outcomes from the students such as:

Improved academic performance

Increased graduation rate

Improved school attendance

Improved school functioning/behavior

Improved social-emotional well-being

Reduced barriers to learning

In 2022, there are 93 funded Expanded School Mental Health schools. 75 sites are funded by WV DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and 18 sites are funded via WV Project AWARE SAMHSA grants. Additional sites are self-implementing via diversified funding to deliver a three-tiered system of supports.

The number of sites implementing ESMH continues to grow.

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Evidenced Based Programs

WVESMH initiatives should use evidence-based programs whenever possible.

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