To create school environments with behavioral health supports that enhance the well-being of Native students, State Education Agencies (SEAs) can assist and encourage Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in the implementation of appropriate policies, practices, and programs that attend to students’ physical and social-emotional development and well-being. 

This approach includes instruction and support for all students and targeted interventions to help students suffering from the effects of trauma. To offset gaps in mental health for Native youth, SEAs can play a major role in providing support for early detection and prevention of mental illness through school-based services. 

Culturally appropriate strategies to improve physical and behavioral health are available, and SEAs can work with Tribal Education Departments (TEDs) and LEAs to increase awareness and high-quality implementation.

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    • The Behavioral Health category has four demonstrations of effective integration.

      1. The state provides support to LEAs to offer circles of care or similar wrap-around, campus-based services for Native students and their families.
      2. The state collaborates with tribes to learn how the state can better provide behavioral health supports for Native students.
      3. The state provides support to LEAs to offset the damaging effects of trauma suffered by many Native students and their families (e.g., trauma-informed school staff).
      4. The state collaborates with LEAs, tribes, and organizations to promote the health of Native students.