About WV Expanded

School Mental Health

The West Virginia Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) initiative was formed in 2007 as a partnership and shared commitment between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health, and the Marshall University School of Medicine to expand access to mental health services for all students through a multitiered system of supports.

West Virginia has been a national leader in the Expanded School Mental Health movement for over a decade. The number of expanded school mental health sites across the state has grown under the guidance of a statewide steering team of collaborative partners.  Expanded School Mental Health school sites are primarily funded by WV DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health, and WV AWARE grants, though additional sites are self-implementing via diversified funding to deliver a multi-tiered system supports. The number of sites implementing ESMH continues to grow.  

Partner Information

Marshall University School Health Technical Assistance Center

MUSHTAC provides technical assistance and support to schools and communities that implement school health and mental health initiatives.

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West Virginia Department of Human Services - Bureau for Behavioral Health

WVBBH is responsible for the statewide administration of community-based behavioral health services including the Expanded School Mental Health initiative. 

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West Virginia Department of Education - Office of Student Support & Well-Being

OSSW coordinates services for the whole child and ensures each student has at least one caring adult who keeps them connected to the school system.

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