Commentary: Establishing efficient and durable systems of school-based support


Part of a special section on linking systems for prevention and intervention in emerging models for promoting children's mental health. A commentary on an article by Atkins, Graczyk, Frazier, and Abdul-Adil that appeared in this issue on pp. 503-514 is presented. In their article, Atkins et al. described three studies that are part of an ongoing program of research focused on school-based models for urban children's mental health. The writer commends Atkins et al. for promoting a "new model" of school-based mental health services. He seeks to expand Atkins et al.'s article by discussing the role of primary prevention, the importance of a function-based approach to behavior support, and an organizational and systems approach to sustainability.


School Psychology Review


  • George Sugai

Prevention Level

  • Primary


  • Administrators
  • District Contacts
  • PBS Coaches
  • PBS Teams

System Impacts

  • District Team
  • State Team
  • Whole School


  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Systems