Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) addresses limitations of both PBIS and school mental health by systematically bringing these systems together, adding depth and quality to the multi-tiered system of prevention, intervention, and support and creating the synergies that increase the probability of achieving valued school and student outcomes. Core features of the ISF align with concepts of Implementation Science and PBIS as a Response to Intervention (RtI) application, including a strong emphasis on 1) effective teams that include community mental health providers, 2) data-based decision making, 3) formal processes for the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP), 4) early access through use of comprehensive screening, 5) rigorous progress monitoring for both fidelity and effectiveness, and 6) ongoing coaching at both the systems and practices level. Specifically, the ISF involves collaborating community mental health providers working closely with school employees within a multi-tiered teaming structure, actively reviewing data and coordinating the implementation, fidelity, and progress monitoring of supports delivered at multiple levels of intensity.
Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Modules
The ISF modules will outline a process for developing interconnection of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health (SMH) systems to improve educational outcomes for all children and youth, especially those with or at risk of developing mental health challenges. This training module will introduce the participants to the core features of the ISF model, providing specific examples of how the model has been installed in other districts and states across the country. The module will also introduce participants to the tools used in the ISF model.