About Us

The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System is a public-access, web-based platform that offers schools, districts, and states a workspace and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement. SHAPE was developed by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), in partnership with the field, to increase the quality and sustainability of comprehensive school mental health systems. SHAPE houses the National School Mental Health Census and the School Mental Health Quality Assessment (SMH-QA). These measures are designed for team completion at the school or district level to document the school mental health system components, assess the comprehensiveness of a SMH system, prioritize quality improvement efforts and track improvement over time.

Our Mission

The SHAPE System is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The NCSMH is committed to enhancing understanding and supporting implementation of comprehensive school mental health policies and programs that are innovative, effective, and culturally and linguistically competent across the developmental spectrum (from preschool through post-secondary), and three tiers of mental health programming (promotion, prevention, intervention).

The mission of the NCSMH is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America’s youth.

From its inception in 1995, the Center’s leadership and interdisciplinary staff has promoted the importance of providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families directly in schools and communities.

What is the National Quality Initiative?

The National Quality Initiative (NQI) is an effort of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) in partnership with the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) to advance accountability, excellence, and sustainability for school health services nationwide by establishing an online census and national performance measures. The SHAPE System serves as the portal by which comprehensive school mental health systems can access the census and performance measures, as well as obtain customized school and district level progress reports and useful resources to improve system quality and sustainability. The School-Based Health Alliance hosts a similar portal that invites school-based health centers to access their respective census and performance measures via Quality Counts.

Funding support for the development of The SHAPE System comes from the Behavioral Health Administration via the 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Waiver Program Management, Workforce Development and Evaluation and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Adolescent Health Branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    What are the benefits of signing up for my state?

    When you sign up for your state in the SHAPE System, you'll:

    • Learn more about the quality of school mental health in schools and districts in your state
    • Compare progress in school mental health across your districts
    • Understand how your state school mental health efforts compare to those in other states
    • Access free, targeted resources to help advance your school mental health quality and sustainability

     

    What are the benefits of signing up for my school district?

    When you sign up for your school district in the SHAPE System, you'll:

    • Gain access to and be able to complete the School Mental Health Quality Assessment to better understand school mental health quality in your school
    • Access free, targeted resources to help advance your school mental health quality and sustainability
    • Advance a data-driven mental health team process for your district
    • Have your district counted in the National School Mental Health Census
    • Achieve SHAPE recognition to increase opportunities for federal, state, and local grant funding

     

    What are the benefits of signing up for my school?

    When you sign up for your school in the SHAPE System, you'll:

    • Gain access to and be able to complete the School Mental Health Quality Assessment to better understand school mental health quality in your school
    • Access free, targeted resources to help advance your school mental health quality and sustainability
    • Advance a data-driven mental health team process for your school
    • Have your school counted in the National School Mental Health Census
    • Achieve SHAPE recognition to increase opportunities for federal, state, and local grant funding

     

    What are the benefits if I sign up as an individual?

    When you sign up as an individual in the SHAPE System, you'll:

    • Gain access to and be able to complete the School Mental Health Quality Assessment to better understand school mental health quality in your school or district
    • Access free, targeted resources to help advance your school mental health quality and sustainability
    • Jumpstart your understanding of the SHAPE System before your school, district, or state joins