This month, we’re taking the opportunity to explore the ways schools embed school mental health within their existing PBIS framework through a process called the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF). The ISF offers you a way to take advantage of the expertise within your larger schoolwide community, add it to the systems, practices, and data accessible on your PBIS team, and get students the comprehensive support they need.
In this episode, we’re talking to two people who have done just that.
- Megan Schultz is the community coordinator for an organization called The 15th Night —"a youth-informed, community movement to end youth homelessness by connecting existing resources and finding innovative ways to keep kids in school and off the streets.” In her role, Megan helps schools and community organizations connect through a system called the Rapid Access Network (RAN).
- Kelly Perales is the co-director of the Midwest PBIS Network and she's an implementer partner with the Center on PBIS. She leads schools implementing ISF by focusing specifically on the integration of mental health and educational systems. In addition to her work with schools, she researches the effects ISF has on family-school-community partnerships.
For more information about the resources shared in this episode, check out the following links:
- Overview of ISF
- Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-Wide PBIS, Volume 2: An Implementation Guide: A step-by-step guide for district and school teams implementing ISF.
- The 15th Night Homepage