What is CBHM?

Welcome to the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model!

Picture a school in which children, families, faculty and community partners feel welcome and valued. Every child experiences a pro-social curriculum as part of her classroom and school experience. Teachers periodically review each of their students’ behavioral health strengths and needs. Students in need of additional support are provided appropriate services in a timely fashion. Teams of teachers and administrators review student behavioral health data and progress on a regular basis. Community partners, families, and school personnel meet periodically and are in consistent communication about children that are receiving additional support.

CBHM Lighthouse Model

Full Lighthouse Only

Every Child Deserves a Safe and Supportive School

CBHM promotes positive school climate and social and academic success for all students. CBHM is a comprehensive model that integrates tiered supports and services within a school according to student needs, and recognizes family and community partnerships as an integral part of a school’s success.

CBHM is currently in 40 Boston Public Schools. CBHM launched during the 2012-13 school year in 10 BPS schools. Each year, another 10 schools join the model.  Currently, 40 schools have joined CBHM with more added every year! Each participating school has begun to implement a tiered model of interventions and support, including a universal social emotional learning curriculum and the CBHM screening tool, which helps schools better understand and respond to each student’s behavioral health needs.

CBHM is Growing! Each school year a new cohort of 10–15 BPS schools will be added in order to expand CBHM supports across the district.


Hear about CBHM from BPS Staff

 Click Here for the CBHM Logic Model

Click Here for Participating Schools

Click Here for a CBHM Fact Sheet

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