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SHAPE System

The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System is a free, interactive web-based system designed to improve school mental health. Schools and districts can use SHAPE to assess their current mental health capabilities, identify areas of need, and develop a comprehensive school mental health plan. SHAPE is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health and funded in part by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Schools and districts in Connecticut can access the SHAPE System and no-cost technical assistance and support for utilizing the system’s tools through a collaborative statewide partnership.

The collaborative partnership includes: CHDI, the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF), the State Department of Education (SDE), and the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland (host of the SHAPE System).


Schools and districts can use SHAPE to:

  • map school mental health services and supports
  • assess system quality
  • receive custom reports and resources
  • utilized additional features, assessments and resources
  • used dashboards to collaborate with others in your region 

Quality assessment domains include: teaming, needs assessment/resource mapping, mental health promotion services & supports, early intervention and treatment services & supports, screening, funding and sustainability, and impact.

Visit www.theshapesystem.com to get started. 

Connecticut schools using the SHAPE system can access free technical support by contacting Rebekah Behan at behan@uchc.edu or 860-679-8726.

Rebekah Behan - Project Coodinator