Interconnected Systems Framework Tools

Name of Tool Implementation Level Description/Purpose  Authors/Citation Considerations for Use 

Survey on School Readiness for Interconnecting Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and School Mental Health

 School The purpose of the survey is to evaluate readiness to interconnect PBIS and SMH; that is, delivering SMH services through the PBIS framework. Readiness includes perceptions of all those involved (teachers, students, administrators, family members, etc.), feasibility of implementing changes, and types of available resources.Vittoria Anello and Mark WeistWho:  Teachers, Students, administrators, family members

When: Exploration Phase: Prior to initial implementation

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Selecting Mental Health Interventions within a PBISApproach

 SchoolWhen a data indicates a need for a new initiative, this guide, checklist and case examples should be used to determine the best fit and will also guide teams to install systems features like data decision systems as well as training and coaching features that increase intervention fidelity and positive outcomes for children, youth and families.Robert Putnam, Susan Barrett, Lucille Eber, Tim Lewis, and George SugaiWho: School Community Team who include stakeholders who are responsible for selecting and installing new initiative

When:  Data determines need for new initiative

Access for Use: Download Tool

Implementation Guide Topics

  • Funding 
  • Evaluation Tools 
  • District/Community Leadership Team
District/CommunityThis guide is used when topics such as funding, evaluation and integrated teaming becomes a barrier to an integrated approach. The questions promote dialogue around current funding status and help teams determine specific action steps to promote flexible funding model.  (i.e. clinicians can be paid to participate in school teams) ISF Development Team (Barrett, Eber and Weist 2011)Who: DCLT

When:  Exploration Phase

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Resource Mapping in Schools and School Districts: A Resource Guide

District/Community and SchoolResource mapping offers a method to link regional, community, and school resources with an agreed upon vision, organizational goals, specific strategies for addressing problems, and expected outcomes so that youth and families have access to the full array of services that they need.

Graphically mapping resources helps to better organize the heterogeneous resources and assets that are available within a larger system into a standardized, understandable, and centralized format.

As a result of resource mapping, community partners, school staff, families, and youth have more flexibility, autonomy, choice, and a better understanding of the resources and services that are available within a school and the larger community.
Lever, N., Castle, M., Cammack, N., Bohnenkamp, J., Stephan, S., Bernstein, L., Chang, P., Lee, P, & Sharma, R. (2014). Resource Mapping in Schools and School Districts: A Resource Guide. Baltimore, Maryland: Center for School Mental Health. Who:  DCLT, SLT

When:  Exploration Phase to identify and organize resources and services available within community and schools.

Access for Use: https://csmh.umaryland.edu/Resources

ISF Action Planning Companion Guide to SWPBIS-TFI

 SchoolAssist schools implementing PBIS and using the Tiered Fidelity Inventory to enhance current implementation to include ISF approach.Barrett, Perales, & Eber, 2015 Who: Systems Planning Team

When: Completed during annual action planning and reviewed quarterly to assess progress toward goals during PBIS/ISF Team meetings.

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ISF Implementation Inventory

 SchoolThe ISF Implementation Inventory is intended to serve as an efficient and valid assessment of ISF implementation for the purposes of ongoing evaluation and action planning.ISF National Leadership Team Who: PBIS/ISF Systems Planning Team

When: The ISF Implementation Inventory is first completed individual by members of the school leadership and/or PBIS/ISF teams and then reviewed aggregately at a team meeting for discussion and action planning.

Access for Use: Participate in validation study, email: splett@coe.ufl.edu

Mental Health Agency Implementation Checklist

Partnering MH Agency This checklist is to assist agency leadership and staff during the initial implementation of ISF.  It provides guidance on essential elements of core ISF features.  MH leadership and staff will develop an action plan based on completion of the tool to ensure integrity of ISF implementation.   Who:  Partnering Mental Health Agency administration and direct service staff

When:  Exploration and Initial Implementation Phases

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)Partnering MH Agency  
Building-Level Integrated Action PlanSchool