New Jersey Department of Education

Mental Health Supports

Mental health and wellness are fundamental needs that transcend the boundaries of our school districts, townships, communities, schedules, and family structures. As we continue to move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to approach school mental health with a systemic set of evidence-based preventative practices, procedures, and interventions.

The New Jersey Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Resource Guide advances this goal by outlining the application of the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports model to address the social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of all students. By using a three-tiered approach, New Jersey educators can ensure equitable access to core prevention practices and appropriate interventions and supports. The Guide consists of 11 chapters starting with the basics of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and ending with suggestions on how to fund this comprehensive model.

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