The NCMHJJ, in partnership with the Child Health and Development Institute, offers technical assistance to support planning and implementation of school-based diversion initiatives that address the underlying behavioral health needs of youth.

  • Build a strong collaborative team
  • Develop policies and procedures to identify youth for diversion, including selection of a screening instrument
  • Map and develop formal connections to behavioral health services
  • Facilitate school discipline policy development
  • Train school resource officers and other law enforcement who respond to calls from schools on appropriate responses to mental health crises
  • Develop relevant professional development structures for all school personnel
  • Collect and evaluate data