Toward the Integration of Education and Mental Health in Schools

  • Marc S. AtkinsEmail author
  • Kimberly E. Hoagwood
  • Krista Kutash
  • Edward Seidman
Original Paper


Education and mental health integration will be advanced when the goal of mental health includes effective schooling and the goal of effective schools includes the healthy functioning of students. To build a solid foundation for this reciprocal agenda, especially within the zeitgeist of recent educational reforms, a change in the fundamental framework within which school mental health is conceptualized is needed. This change involves acknowledging a new set of priorities, which include: the use of naturalistic resources within schools to implement and sustain effective supports for students’ learning and emotional/behavioral health; inclusion of integrated models to enhance learning and promote health; attention to improving outcomes for all students, including those with serious emotional/behavioral needs; and strengthening the active involvement of parents. A strong research agenda to support these new priorities is essential.


Children’s mental health services School-based mental health services Education Ecological models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc S. Atkins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kimberly E. Hoagwood
    • 2
  • Krista Kutash
    • 3
  • Edward Seidman
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Juvenile ResearchChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University and New York Office of Mental HealthNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.W.T. Grant Foundation and New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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