The AHCCCCS suicide prevention team, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Education School Safety and Wellness team have published a Behavioral Health Resourece Guide for Schools.

The guide is intended for parents, educators, and stakeholders. It has timely information about how schools can partner with behavioral health providers, information about implementation of Jake’s Law (the new parity law that provides services to underserved/uninsured children), a suicide prevention and postvention policy template and more.

The guide is intended to help make accessing services easier for all of Arizona’s students, and to help educators identify what resources may be available for a student in need. The bigger goal is to have all schools in Arizona with a suicide prevention and postvention policy. It is critical schools know how to respond if there is a suicide of a student or staff member, and how to provide follow up care to the community.

For more information about this initiative visit the AHCCCS Website at: