Seeking school partners to expand middle school mental health support – responses due June 14

Interested in partnering to expand middle school mental health support? Join us for the final informational webinars to learn more:

SBIRT Webinar
Thursday, June 1, 3:00pm

  1. Click here to join the online event, or copy and paste the following link to a browser:
  2. Click “Join Now.” For Audio, please follow on-screen instructions or dial 1-888-3878686
    Passcode: 725-8913

From coping with stress and social pressure to the appearance of mental health needs, many middle schoolers benefit from mental health support as they find their way through adolescence. That’s why Best Starts for Kids is expanding school-based mental health support to more middle schools in King County. Two weeks ago, we highlighted a promising new model helping students find their strengths to succeed: screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment or services (SBIRT).

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1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 needs mental health support, but less than a third of these children receive it. (Photo credit: Seattle Times.)

We’re partnering with interested King County school districts to create a plan to bring SBIRT to middle schools. This week, we sent a letter to all 19 school district superintendents in King County seeking interested districts to partner with. Up to $10,000 is available per participating middle school. The initial award for planning is for the 2017-2018 school year, with an invitation to apply for future funding.

Details for this funding opportunity can be found here. Responses from school districts are due no later than June 14, 2017.

Why do middle schools need SBIRT?

1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 needs mental health support, but less than a third of these children receive it. Click here for a list of current efforts in King County school districts. School-based mental health support through SBIRT aims to prevent substance use, promote mental health, and ensure that all youth in King County have an opportunity to have their behavioral health needs met.

Project timeline

Informational Webinar May 18 & June 1, 2017 @ 3-4pm
RFI Responses Due June 14, 2017
Responses Reviewed July 14, 2017
Notice of award July 28, 2017
Planning Workshops TBD: August – November 2017
RFP for SBIRT Implementation Grants Winter 2018

Interested in applying or partnering with a school?

Interested school districts can fill out this district partner questionnaire and email it to Margaret Soukup in the King County Department of Community and Human Services:

Providers and school partners interested in partnering to implement SBIRT should contact that school’s principle or district .

Find out more!

We will host two webinars to share information on SBIRT and this funding opportunity on May 18 and June 1 from 3-4pm. To ask questions or receive information about this webinar, email Margaret Soukup:

The organizations Reclaiming Futures created the SBIRT model to engage young people and families in school settings. Best Starts for Kids will use the model through a license agreement with Reclaiming Futures and Portland State University. Learn more about Reclaiming Futures’ SBIRT model.

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