Education Doctorate

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Mary Schulze Michner

Second Reader

Marla Hall

Third Reader

Chris Kamrath


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the integration of a School Based Mental Health Program within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in an urban alternative high school. The eight participants of this study are members of the student support team at the urban alternative high school. The videoconferencing tool, Microsoft Teams, was used for the interviews. Qualitative data analyses processes developed codes and themes (Merriam & Tisdell, 2016). This process included member checking and a peer review process. Through this process sixteen codes and five themes emerged. The codes were present in at least six of the participants' data and themes were present in all eight participants’ data. The five themes are Theme 1: Holistic Support First, Theme 2: Mental Health Staff’s Integration, Theme 3: MTSS Team Roles, Theme 4: Diversity is an Asset, and Theme 5: School and Community Intersection. The themes each present part of how the urban alternative high school integrates mental health support into its MTSS.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation