The NCESD Behavioral Support Services team supports districts in efforts to enhance students’ emotional and behavioral wellness while seeking to reduce or remove related non-academic barriers to learning. Our goal is to assist students to be emotionally and behaviorally healthy and supported so they may attend and engage at school to their fullest potential and graduate ready to achieve their goals in life.
The services offered by the Student Support Services Department vary somewhat annually, integrating a number of funding sources, but an enduring core of our work has been and remains the Student Assistance Program. We also offer a menu of training and technical assistance offerings for school staff related to student emotional and behavioral health, skills, programs, and strategies.
Behavioral Health is defined as the promotion of mental health, resilience and wellbeing; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities. (SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)