MAHS uses a comprehensive, collaborative team approach to support mental health and disability services for children. Head Start mental health services focus on the mental well-being of children in the program. Children are given opportunities to build social and emotional skills in the classroom and at home through consultation, which includes providing strategies and resources to teachers and parents or guardians. Mental health professionals also help families cope with long- or short-term stressful situations and help them access appropriate community referrals.
Head Start requires 10 percent of enrollment to include children with disabilities. This includes children with physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of children are met.