Meeting The Mental Health Needs Of Homeless Students In Schools: A Multi-Tiered System Of Support Framework

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Kurt D. Michael Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The number of homeless youth in the U.S. has reached an all-time high and this represents a growing socialproblem. Research indicates that homeless youth are significantly at-risk for experiencing a range of negativelife-outcomes such as school dropout, the development ofmental health problems, use/abuse of illicit substances,suicidality, and even early mortality. Thus, effective interventions and mental health supports are needed to helpaddress their complex mental health needs. Fortunately, however, many homeless youth regularly attend school,especially younger youth (i.e., under 13 years old) and youth who are members of homeless families. Therefore,as important members of school communities, school-based mental health professionals can help support thesestudents. With this aim in mind, this paper discusses the use of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)framework to meet the mental health needs of homeless students in schools. More specifically, following a publichealth service delivery model, service delivery is discussed at universal, selective, and indicated levels. Lastly, toaddress the diverse needs of homeless students, integrated service-delivery across various systems of careis discussed.

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Sulkowski, Michael L., Michael, Kurt. Meeting the mental health needs of homeless students in schools: A multitiered system of support framework. Published in Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 145-151, published September 2014, doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.06.014 ISSN: 0190-7409
Language: English
Date: 2014

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