Activity: Where Do I Need Planning Support?

As you think about starting the mental health-specific strategic planning, you may feel you need more information or support — either about mental health more broadly, specific issues or topics relevant to your program’s situation, or more support generally for doing effective planning. Brainstorm a list below, thinking about what additional resources or information do

Step 4: Assess Your Program’s Current Mental Health and Consultation Services and Set Goals and Outcomes (Strategic Planning Meeting 2)

Working from the overarching vision statement, your second strategic planning meeting should focus on setting goals and objectives for your mental health approach. Your overarching vision is likely to be very broad. As you develop your strategic plan, you will want to select a few more targeted goals, and then develop a set of specific

Activity: Who’s on Your Team?

Make a list below of the people you will invite to be part of your mental health strategic planning process. Role Name Alternate Name Mental Health/Disabilities Component Manager Teaching Staff Other Direct Service Staff Parent Community Member Mental Health Consultant (optional) Anyone Else? If you would like to print this activity page, you can click

Step Two: Build a Strong Planning Team

You will need to identify a team to participate in planning. Ideally the team should include: Yourself as the program director; The manager/director who is responsible for assuring that performance standards related to mental health are addressed by your program (e.g. mental health/disabilities manager); Representatives from your teaching staff; Representatives from other direct service staff

Step 1: Make a Commitment and Provide Leadership

The first step towards developing a mental health strategic plan is to make an informed commitment to the planning process. What does this mean? First, understand that a strategic plan is not something that you, as the program director, develop by yourself. To be effective, you will need to implement a collaborative, participatory, planning process.

Why Do You Need a Mental Health Strategic Plan?

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As an Early Head Start/Head Start program director, one of your jobs no doubt includes facilitating a strategic plan for your program. But, does your program’s strategic plan include a section dedicated to planning that is specific to implementing a mental health vision (sample vision)? Having a program-wide vision and a specific strategic plan that

Module 2: Building a Mental-Health Specific Strategic Plan

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In this module, you will learn a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, and maintaining a mental health-specific strategic plan for your program. Having a component of your strategic plan that specifically focuses on mental health will provide a “roadmap” for your program that outlines the goals and objectives for your program’s mental health services and

This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.