Welcome to SHAPE

From our school mental health quality assessment and resource library, to custom reports and a library of free and low-cost screening and assessment measures, SHAPE has the tools teams need to improve school mental health programming and sustainability in schools, districts, and states/territories. Take the tour to learn more.

SHAPE helps schools and districts improve
their school mental health systems! HOW?

SHAPE users map their
school mental health
services and supports

Assess system quality
using national
performance standards

Receive custom reports
and strategic planning
guidance and resources

Utilize additional SHAPE features
including the Screening and
Assessment Library and Trauma-
Responsive Schools Assessment
and Resources

Use district and state/territory
dashboards to collaborate
with schools and districts in your region

SHAPE Features

Collects information and provides a snapshot of the multi-tiered services and supports, staffing, financing and data systems of your school's or district's comprehensive school mental health system.

 Printable school version 

 Printable district version 

Assesses comprehensive school mental health system quality at the school or district level based on seven quality domains and respective indicators and best practices. Users have access to vetted resources to advance quality.

 Printable school version

 Printable district version 

Provides state/territory leaders the opportunity to systematically view the landscape of school mental health within their districts and districts the opportunity to do the same within their schools. This information may guide state and district technical assistance and quality improvement support efforts.

Provides information about and links to free assessment measures that can be used within school mental health. The library allows for filtering based on focus area, assessment purpose, student age, language, reporter, and cost.

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Offers district and school teams an evidence-informed tool to assess their trauma responsiveness in eight domains. The TRS-IA was co-developed by the NCTSN Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH).

 Printable version 

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Collects information and provides a snapshot of the multi-tiered services and supports, staffing, financing and data systems of school and district comprehensive school mental health systems.

 Printable school version     Printable district version 

Assesses comprehensive school mental health system quality at the school or district level based on seven quality domains and associated indicators and best practices. The comprehensive Resource Library is organized by the seven quality domains.

 Printable school version     Printable district version 

Provides state/territory leaders the opportunity to view the landscape of school mental health within their districts and district leaders the opportunity to do the same within their schools. This information may guide state and district technical assistance and quality improvement support efforts.
Provides information and links to free assessment measures that can be used within school mental health. Users can filter measures based on focus area, assessment purpose, student age, language, reporter, and cost.

Learn more >

Offers district and school teams an evidence-informed tool to assess trauma responsiveness in eight domains. The Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA) was co-developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH).

 Printable version 

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School Mental Health
Matters

Of youth who receive mental health services, most receive them in schools; Students who participate in social emotional learning programs do better academically and socially; Positive school climate integrated with social emotional learning improves school safety and decreases bullying; Youth are 6x more likely to complete mental health treatments in schools than in other community settings
Of youth who receive mental health services, most receive them in schools; Students who participate in social emotional learning programs do better academically and socially; Positive school climate integrated with social emotional learning improves school safety and decreases bullying; Youth are 6x more likely to complete mental health treatments in schools than in other community settings

The School Mental Health Policy Map displays and links to key state-level policies and information related to school mental health. Decision makers, state and local leaders, and school mental health stakeholders can use this map to better understand the school mental health landscape in their state and across the country. Inclusion of a policy on the map does not indicate endorsement of policies or that a policy is implemented to fidelity. 

The NCSMH will regularly update and add to this map. If you see something missing or outdated from your state in one of the categories, please e-mail the NCSMH at ncsmh@som.umaryland.edu with the subject line “Map Update.”

To help understand your own state’s school mental health landscape, we encourage state leaders to create a state account on the SHAPE System and complete the State School Mental Health Profile. Information shared will be only shared in aggregate. 

The School Mental Health Policy Map displays and links to key policies related to school mental health. Decision makers, state and local leaders, and school mental health stakeholders can use this map to better understand the school mental health policy landscape in their state and across the country. Inclusion of a policy on the map does not indicate endorsement of policies or that a policy is implemented to fidelity. In addition, statewide school mental health staff-to-student ratios are also included on the map when available.

The NCSMH will regularly update and add to this map. If you see something missing or outdated from your state in one of the categories, please e-mail the NCSMH at ncsmh@som.umaryland.edu with the subject line “Map Update.”

To help understand your own state’s school mental health landscape, we encourage state leaders to create a state account on the SHAPE System and complete the State School Mental Health Profile. Information shared will be only shared in aggregate.