Strengthening School-Family Community Partnerships Through the School Responder Model explores how the School Responder Model (SRM) can increase collaboration between schools, families, and communities to work towards improved outcomes and systems of care for youth.

The SRM aims to reduce punitive and exclusionary school discipline outcomes for youth with behavioral health conditions through a process that emphasizes identifying and responding to the underlying causes of student behavior. Built into the SRM is a foundation of school-family-community partnerships that drive practice and policy change through a collaborative, cross-systems approach. Positive outcomes for youth can be realized by building the capacity of schools to respond to behavioral challenges proactively and restoratively through community collaborations, strengths-based and strategic approaches, and shared accountability.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

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This resource was first shared in 2021.

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