School-Based Mental Health

  • The school-based mental health (SBMH) program collaborates between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Mecklenburg County, and several local mental health agencies. The purpose of the SBMH program is to increase the availability of evidence-based mental health services to improve students' emotional well-being and enhance their ability to access and benefit from instruction.

    SBMH services are outpatient mental health services that a mental health clinician provides from one of the SBMH partner agencies at the school building during the instructional day. Additional services provided by the SBMH clinicians may include comprehensive clinical assessments, group therapy, family therapy, participation in team meetings, and crisis support.

Contact Us

  • Vernessa Bowles, Ph. D

    Mental Health Program Manager

    Office of Student Wellness and Academic Support


  • How does my agency become an SBMH partner to provide services in schools?

  • When are SBMH services warranted?

  • SBMH Referral Process

  • Service Fees

  • Common Concerns