School Mental Health

​The mission of the Student Services and Alternative Programs (SSAP) Branch is to provide leadership, support, and accountability for effective, local programs of student services that promote the social-emotional, psychological, behavioral, and physical health of all students. SSAP promotes healthy development, prevention, early intervention, and systems of care.

In Focus


School-based mental health programs encompass a range of prevention and intervention services, many of which are routinely provided in a school setting by school system personnel. School system personnel who provide these services include Student Services personnel such as school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, and pupil personnel workers.

Expanded school mental health builds upon this foundation and expands the level of services delivered in schools to provide a continuum of mental health services for children and adolescents in both general and special education, developed through strong school-family-community partnerships. These services may:

  • Involve school-employed and collaborating community mental health professionals working together in schools to implement a full array of prevention, mental health promotion, early intervention and treatment programs and/or

  • Result in the delivery of mental health services provided outside of the school setting by providers who are linked to the school.


 


Contact Information
Division of Student, Family, and School Support
Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201