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Assessment and Planning: SHAPE

The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System is a public-access, web-based platform that offers schools, districts, and states a workspace and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement. SHAPE houses the National School Mental Health Census and the School Mental Health Quality Assessment (SMH-QA). These measures are designed for team completion at the school or district level to document the school mental health system components, assess the comprehensiveness of a SMH system, prioritize quality improvement efforts and track improvement over time. 

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
  • utilize additional features, assessments and resources
  • use 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 rbehan@chdi.org or 860-679-8726.

Rebekah Behan - Senior Project Coodinator