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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Evidence-based Resource Center

This Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides links to evidence-based practices that address substance abuse and mental health. The Resource Center includes scientifically-based resources such as toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Dear Colleague: Guidance on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

From the press release: This guidance "emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports."

Rethinking School Discipline

In this video series teachers and students deserve school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.

Safety Without Suspension

This article mentions many schools that are reducing their number of suspensions and expulsions through a comprehensive approach called School-wide Positive Behavioral Support. This approach is based on the assumption that when educators across the school actively teach, expect and acknowledge appropriate behavior, the proportion of students with serious behavior problems decreases and the school’s overall climate improves.

Long Story Short: How Can Schools Reduce Disparities in Disciplinary Action and Promote Student Mental Health?

Racial and ethnic disparities are a significant issue in school discipline and many students who are expelled or suspended struggle with mental health issues. In this video interview, Ken Martinez, AIR principal researcher, discusses the steps that schools can take to reduce these disparities and increase access to mental health services for students.

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