This website is designed to guide local leaders and stakeholders through the process of establishing a School Responder Model (SRM), preparing them for liftoff. An SRM is a behavioral health response to school infractions that provides an alternative to exclusionary school discipline and justice system referral by addressing root causes of behavior through community-based service provision. The website

  • Explains why the model is necessary,
  • Outlines key steps in setting up a successful SRM,
  • Provides concrete resources such as sample consent forms, memorandums of understanding, and SRM structure flowcharts,
  • And offers a tool to gauge progress in an SRM’s implementation.

The site is a peer resource created by four teams of state and local system leaders in Nevada, New York, West Virginia, and Wisconsin that participated in the 2015-16 Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.