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The purpose of this Toolkit and Resource Guide is to provide a framework for US-based colleges and universities to advance their approach to mental health services and supports to their students. At a time when student demand for mental health services and supports has never been greater, so, too, has the challenge never been greater for universities to find ways to keep pace with this demand. In practice for colleges and universities, this means re-thinking their approach to mental health service and support provision, identifying areas of improvement with respect to how current systems are structured, examining novel ways of providing mental health services and supports, and finding new opportunities for collaboration beyond traditional individual counseling.

This Toolkit and Resource Guide aims to support colleges and universities in this important journey. The Toolkit contains the following modules, which each examine a different aspect of this journey.

Disclaimer: The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the inclusion of information about campus programs and select resources does not constitute official endorsement of the programs and resources.

This publication was produced for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). It was prepared by Social Solutions International, Inc. under contract HHSP233201700193A.

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Education and Training, Transition Age Youth


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