Effects of School-Based Mental Health Services on Youth Outcomes
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The Journal of Human Resources 58(5): 1222-12703R2
School-based mental health services (SBMH) may increase students’ access to care, which could yield benefits for mental health status and human capital-related outcomes. This paper uses a difference-in-differences design with 19 years of survey and administrative data to estimate the impacts of SBMH on a range of K-12 student outcomes. SBMH increases average outpatient mental health service use and reduces self-reported suicide attempts. There is weaker evidence that SBMH reduces suspensions and juvenile justice involvement, and no evidence that SBMH affects average attendance, standardized test scores, or self-reported substance use.
University of Wisconsin Press
EDUCATION; K-12 Education
Golberstein, Ezra, Irina Zainullina, Aaron Sojourner, and Mark A. Sander. 2023. "Effects of School-Based Mental Health Services on Youth Outcomes." The Journal of Human Resources 58(5): 1222-12703R2. https://doi.org/10.3368/jhr.1222-12703R2