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K-12 Public and Tribal School Partners

Schools are the most common place in which children and youth receive mental health treatment. School social workers possess unique skills and their titles vary across Washington state.

Click here to see a list of additional job titles that school social workers possess.

The WSW Initiative is a collaboration among the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, the UW School of Social Work in Seattle, and the state’s four other accredited schools of social work.

Additional core partners include the Washington Association of School Principals and the Washington Association of School Social Workers.

Click here to review the list of schools/school districts that meet the WSW goals.


To partner with the Workforce for Student Well-being (WSW) Initiative, as a training site or employer, partner schools:

1. Must be located in Washington State.

2. Must meet the criteria as a high-need local education agency (LEA) as defined in the Federal Register:   (1) For which at least 20 percent of the children served by the agency are children from low-income backgrounds;  (2) That serves at least 10,000 children from low-income backgrounds; (3) That meets the eligibility requirement for funding under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program under Section 5211(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); or (4) That meets the eligibility requirements for funding under the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program under Section 5221(b) of the ESEA; and (5) For which there is a high student to qualified mental health services provider ration as compared to other LEAs statewide or nationally. 

3. Local education agency (LEA) is committed to installing School Mental Health through a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) or Interconnected System Framework (ISF), or is working on a plan to do so.