Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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About Us

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Center is to provide social, emotional behavioral, and psychological services to all of Iowa’s schools, not only to aid in COVID-19 recovery but to build state capacity for immediate and future delivery of mental health supports across the state. The Center will bring together educational partners, policymakers, and mental health professionals to serve as Iowa’s hub for research-to-practice related to mental health.

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Educational Partners
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Policymakers
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Mental Health Professionals
The Need:
Mental health and social-emotional learning needs among students and educators in Iowa were on the rise before Covid-19.
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SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR IOWANS AGE 14 TO 44
1 IN 13
ONE IN 13 IOWA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE ONE OR MORE TIMES
COVID: A HEIGHTENED NEED
THE PANDEMIC HAS ONLY HEIGHTENED THE NEED TO SUPPORT THE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND EDUCATORS.

A Partnership

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health is a partnership between the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Department of Education, and the University of Iowa’s College of Education, and is designed to address the aforementioned needs through high-quality professional development for relevant stakeholders, research to establish evidence-based practices, and clinical assessment and intervention services.

PRIORITIZING MENTAL HEALTH
The well-being of students and staff must be at the forefront of discussion in schools

Meeting a Critical Need

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health and social-emotional learning needs among students and educators in Iowa were on the rise. These growing needs were outpacing the systems’ ability to deliver necessary supports and services. The pandemic has only heightened the need to support the social, emotional, behavioral, and psychological well-being of children, families, and educators.

In recognition of this critical need in the state, the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health was established to improve the outcomes for Iowa’s youth by enhancing mental health literacy, reducing stigma, increasing workforce capacity, conducting rigorous and impactful research, and implementing a continuum of evidence-based supports.

OUR RESEARCHERS, INSTRUCTORS, & CLINICIANS ARE EXPERTS IN:
  • Emotional / Behavioral Disorders

  • Family Therapy

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Mental Health

  • Abuse

  • School Counseling

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

  • Culturally-Responsive Practices