“Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through the day.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This resource offers information about children’s mental health disorders, behavior therapy, related conditions, data/statistics, children’s mental health research, articles & key findings, improving access to care, and relevant videos

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
This website has information about the definition, characteristics, causes, and frequencies of emotional and behavioral disorders. It also has brief information related to specific disorders. Links to numerous other resources are also included on the website. Also available in Spanish.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
This website has an overview of services for children with an Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD). It includes information on the eligibility criteria for EBD and has resources related to discipline for students with disabilities.

Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has published a guide, “The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework,” to help schools implement comprehensive systems for delivering and coordinating school mental health services. The “Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework” addresses all aspects of social-emotional development of school-age children, including wellness, mental illness, substance abuse, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences. It includes strategies for removing the
stigma associated with mental illness and offers a continuum of supports as part of an integrated system for school mental health services.

National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Wisconsin Family Ties
Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT) is a statewide nonprofit organization run by families for families with children and adolescents impacted by social, emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. The WFT Facebook page has links to a variety of resources related to emotional behavioral disabilities.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research. Their mission focuses on improving the quality of life for children and adults affected with these disorders.

Behavior, Classroom Management, and Discipline
This is a link to a webpage from the WI Department of Public Instruction. It includes frequently asked questions related to school discipline, including suspension and expulsion. It also includes a link to The Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center which was formed by the Wisconsin PBIS Network in 2010 to help Wisconsin Schools use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to increase student success.