chapter  11
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Advocating for the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents

The next decade must mark a turning point for how schools and communities address the problems of children and youth. Needed in particular are initiatives to reform and restructure how schools work to prevent and ameliorate the many learning, behavioral, and emotional problems experienced by students. The end product must be schools where everyone-staff, students, families, and community stakeholders-feel supported. This will require reshaping the functions of the school personnel who have a role to play in addressing barriers to learning and promoting healthy development. And, it requires fully integrating all this into school improvement planning.