Superintendent's Guidelines


Working at the highest levels of leadership in schools and community mental health agencies, the superintendent of schools and the director of public mental health services (at the county or other regional level) play essential roles in establishing the overarching collaborative-organization agreements that permit and encourage collaborative mental health services in schools. These agreements provide important institutional sanction and the recognition that students and staff may need assistance after a school crisis.


In a crisis, the superintendent must be visible to the public, providing accurate information about:
  • The incident or event
  • The steps taken to secure the safety of students and staff
  • The support being provided by the district to the school
  • The assistance being provided to the district by community law enforcement, emergency services, and community health and mental health agencies