"The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you're enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect." 

- Professor Brené Brown, University of Texas




The Coordinated School Health staff work in collaboration with schools, families, students, service agencies and staff from across the OPI to support and promote the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to address wellness in schools. The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. Our staff is skilled and knowledgeable in the WSCC model’s 10 components

Recorded Webinar: 
"Suicide Prevention & Educator Self Care"
School counselors, CSCT staff, school mental health providers, and other youth suicide prevention champions joined us February 1, 2022 for a webinar featuring Dr. Scott Poland titled: "Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention in Schools and the Importance of Self-Care."  Recording of the webinar available here




School Mental Health Resources

*NEW* Classroom WISE 

  • (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators) is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students with mental health concerns in the classroom.

National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools 

  • From the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

Addressing School Mental Health 

  • T4PA Center Information Sheet

Title IV-A Use of Funds Example: Using Licensed Mental Health Professionals to Support School Mental Health Programs 

  • Spotlight on Nebraska from T4PA Center

Trauma-Informed Schools

*NEW* Montana ACEs & Resilience Resources 

  • A webpage hosted by the University of Montana, compiled in partnership with the OPI by the Montana State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Healthy Mothers, Babies, and Youth Workgroup

Linking Systems of Care Trauma-Informed Approaches

  • Earn up to 10 renewal units training-by-request. Contact Tina Eblen for details.

Trauma-Informed Practices 

  • Kognito Simulation on the OPI Teacher Hub

Overcoming ACEs in MT Schools: Childhood Trauma and Its Impact on Learning 

  • From the OPI Teacher Learning Hub

Trauma-informed, Restorative in Practice School Handbook Template

Trauma-informed, Restorative in Practice School Handbook Case Vignettes

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package 

  • From the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

National Child Traumatic Stress Network   

Educator Self-Care

*NEW* Sustainable Self-care 

  • A free course on the Teacher Learning Hub

Educator Self-care Resources from the OPI

Self-Care and Compassion for the Educator

  • Recorded webinar series for educators from the NW Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and NW PBIS Network. 

Self-Care for Educators Tips for Educators 

  • By the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Comprehensive School & Community Treatment (CSCT)

Comprehensive School & Community Treatment (CSCT)

  • A resource provided by the OPI and DPHHS 


OPI Staff are here to help:

Courtney Hubbs, Project AWARE Program Manager - 406.438.0473

Michelle Cusey, Coordinated School Health Unit Director- 406.431.3029