Connecting school, home, and community resources is essential to the well-being
of children and youth and to enhancing equity of opportunity for them to succeed
at school and beyond. With this in mind, many initiatives and policy reports have
focused on addressing the widespread fragmentation of supports for families and
their children. Considerable policy emphasis has centered on the notion of
integrated student supports.
While most of the discussion of integrated student supports is well-intentioned,
this report from the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools points
out that the examples most frequently cited have little chance
of enhancing equity of opportunity for students across the country. Moreover, as
practiced, serious unintended negative consequences have been observed.