School Health Services: Mental Health & Substance Use Prevention

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School interdisciplinary teams (administrators, educators, school counselors, mental health professionals, and school nurses) are charged with the responsibility of fostering systems that enhance all realms of student education including social and emotional learning, mental well-being, and substance use prevention. Teams must identify priorities and create an infrastructure that supports the growing needs of our students and school communities. The resources provided on this page are intended to support education professionals in the evaluation of school health programs, identification of priorities and action planning, as well as provision of specific education resources for students, staff, and families.  



School Health Program Evaluation and Action Planning Tools

American Academy of Pediatrics: Health Services Assessment Tool for Schools (HATS)

School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System (SHAPE)

Maine Data

Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Children's Behavioral Health Data Dashboard

Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS)


Program Development Resources

U. S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools: An Action Guide for School and District Leaders

Maine DOE: SEL4ME Web Based Lessons

Educational Resources

Maine DOE Health Education Resources for Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine: Suicide Prevention Awareness in Schools Toolkit

National Association of School Nurses (NASN): Mental Health

NASN Learning Center: Trauma-Informed Care in School Nursing [Enduring]

NASN Learning Center: Incorporating Multi-Tiered System of Support into School Health Services to Promote Health Equity


National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments: Mental Health Screening Tools for Grades K-12



Program Development Resources
Educational Resources

Northern Light Acadia Hospital: Acadia CARES and Acadia RACES

Prevention for ME: Recreation, Athletes and Schools

Maine Prevention Store

Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series: Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System

Department of Health and Human Services: School Substance Use Policy Guide

Maine DOE: Opioid Overdose Reversal

NASN: Drugs of Abuse

NASN Learning Center: Is Substance Use Undermining Adolescent Mental Health? School Nurse Role on the School-Based Mental Health Team


School-Based Health Alliance: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Youth ASQ (suicide screening) toolkit 
NIMH » Youth ASQ Toolkit ( 

DOE Newsroom - Resources for Schools to Address Tobacco Use, Vaping


Links to organizations and resources are for reference and information only and do not imply endorsement by the

Maine Department of Education.

Emily Poland, MPH, RN, NCSN 

School Nurse Consultant
Coordinated School Health Team Leader