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Connecticut Association of 
School Based Health Centers

Issue Briefs


Connecticut School Based Health Centers Engage Adolescent
African-American and Latino Males in Mental Health Services



African-American and Latino males are half as likely to receive mental health services
compared to non-Hispanic White youth, yet both groups experience emotional and behavioral problems that often result in school and social issues.  It is important to understand how African-American and Latino young men perceive and experience available mental health services, particularly services offered through School Based Health Centers (SBHCs), as SBHCs are generally more accessible to adolescents than community-based services.  This Issue Brief describes the factors that contribute to effective utilization of mental health services in Connecticut's SBHC by adolescent African-American and Latino male students, and examines the ability of SBHCs and their staff to engage this population.


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Integrated, Trauma-Informed Mental Health Care
to Support Boys & Young Men of Color
Integrated, Trauma-Informed Mental Health Care
to Support Boys & Young Men of Color

Integrated, Trauma-Informed Mental Health Care 
to Support Boys & Young Men of Color

At the highest level of capacity, there are SBHCs that have long-standing mental health programs that encompass a variety of services including individual, family, and group therapy, youth development, support groups, and crisis response, as needed. The mental health team is more likely to reflect students’ racial/ethnic and gender diversity and has strong relationships with the medical team and school staff.


Read more on the California School-Based Health Alliance website.

At the highest level of capacity, there are SBHCs that have long-standing mental health programs that
encompass a variety of services including individual, family, and group therapy, youth development,
support groups, and crisis response, as needed. The mental health team is more likely to reflect students’
racial/ethnic and gender diversity and has strong relationships with the medical team and school staff.