Mental Health Tool Kit

This “Mental Health Tool Kit” emerged from Elkhart County’s opportunity to work with the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools in the US Department of Education through a grant for the integration of mental health in schools. The twin goals of that grant were (1) to increase the access to mental health services for students in need and (2) to do that by assuring that educators knew how to make those linkages for children, youth and their families.

This project was expanded when Elkhart and St. Joseph County Systems of Care joined in The Family Gateway, a regional System of Care funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and
Addiction.

The partnership between schools and community mental health is very important.  While others may find it very useful, this Tool Kit was assembled primarily for educators.  It is based on work done by school mental health experts and partners around the country.

School mental health partnerships for children and youth in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties need to be understood within the context of the System of Care.  A System of Care is a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

The Regional System of Care for Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties is called The Family Gateway. Requests for additional hard copies of the “Tool Kit” or suggestions for inclusion in it should be addressed to The Family Gateway. It is hosted at Oaklawn and can be reached at thefamilygateway@nulloaklawn.org. PDF copies can be downloaded by clicking on this link Mental Health Tool Kit-Final.

Web development by Panther Internet, Inc.