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Behavioral Health Outreach to Children in Schools

Schools and Behavioral Health Providers: The Benefits of Partnership

Children spend much of their day at school and what takes place within the school community makes a difference for children. Ensuring a safe and healthy school environment is important to student success. A healthy space includes giving our schools with the tools and support they need to focus on mental health issues, behavioral health needs and substance use concerns. Arizona is home to many outstanding providers that already support schools and students with behavioral health care services.

The Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) Program

The Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) program serves children in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout central and southern Arizona. Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan funds the YES program through Mental Health Block Grant dollars

Parents, teachers, and school staff can make referrals to the YES program by identifying qualifying students. An eligible student would be identified as needing behavioral health services to better function in school and in their community.

Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan currently funds the following providers to deliver behavioral health YES program services in schools:

These providers work in over two hundred schools throughout Arizona in Tucson, Casa Grande, Eloy, Sells, Yuma, Maricopa City, Douglas, and Sierra Vista. 

Children’s Behavioral Health Services Fund (CBHSF)

When a child is referred to a behavioral health provider from a school they may be eligible for a special allocation of one-time state funding.  Schools can refer students for counseling for anxiety, depression, social isolation, stress, behavioral issues, or any other mental health services. If the child is underinsured or uninsured families will not receive a bill for these services; they are covered by the state appropriated Children’s Behavioral Health Services Fund.

Behavioral health services under this funding are provided to students by participating health care providers contracted with the three Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs), Mercy Care (in Central Arizona), Arizona Complete Health Complete Care (in Southern Arizona), and Care1st (in Northern Arizona).

If a school, school district, or behavioral health provider would like more information on obtaining a behavioral health partnership in their community; or if there are any questions about the CBHSF fund, please contact us.

You can also visit AHCCCS to find out more about Accessing Behavioral Health Services in Schools.

Arizona Complete Health Health Plans

Arizona Complete Health offers health insurance plans that fit your unique needs, and those of your family. Program eligibility depends on your age, income, family size and any special health needs you may have.

View all of our health insurance plans available below. Select the program you are enrolled with. This will take you to more information about that program.

If you are not enrolled with Arizona Complete Health, review Get Insured for more information. 

If you do not know what program you are enrolled in, contact us. We can help!