A SBS is a Department of Human Services (OKDHS) employee hired through a partnership with the school district. The SBS interacts with students, parents, school personnel, and community agencies and is part of the school's team. The SBS has an office in the partnering school and works directly with students and their families, providing an array of preventive and identified service needs, including OKDHS services.
School-Based Specialists (SBS) help maintain a positive collaboration with school personnel and OKDHS to communicate and support the needs of children and families when obstacles hinder the success of the student and the family. SBS are readily accessible to students and their families during periods requiring intervention. SBS make a significant impact on the well-being of their communities, improving outcomes, and reducing risk factors for the families they serve. OKDHS School-Based Specialists are not OKDHS Child Protection Services Investigators.