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School Mental Health

On May 17, 2018, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in partnership with the School Mental Health Workgroup, convened The School Mental Health in Rural Communities: Getting to Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health Meeting.  This meeting brought together a broad network of school mental health leaders, national organizations, rural school mental health champions and stakeholders.  Through a facilitated process, participants engaged in discussion intended to guide the development of local, state and national/federal strategies and products to build upon the strengths of rural communities and address opportunities and challenges they are facing.  The strategies developed as a result of this meeting are intended to link to ongoing work in the field and to the work of the Expert Panel for School Mental Health meeting that took place on September 7, 2017. 

Additional Information:

School Mental Health in Rural Communities, Getting to Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health, Briefing Paper and Agenda

Meeting Presentations:

School Mental Health in Rural Communities Getting to Wide Scale Adoption of Comprehensive School Mental Health: Welcome - Ingrid Donato, SAMHSA, Joyce Sebian, SAMHSA, Andrea Alexander SAMHSA, Trina Anglin, HRSA  

Project Aware – West Virginia Video – This video provides information about the Project Aware, school based mental health program in West Virginia.

Session 1 Presentations (combined to include):

  • What is the State of Rural America? –Karen Francis – American Institutes for Research
  • Accelerating the wide scale adoption of comprehensive School Mental Health Systems- building on the Momentum Underway - Sharon Hoover, University of MD, Center for School Mental Health
  • Special Considerations for School Mental Health in Rural Communities - Kurt Michael, Appalachian State University

Panel Presentation:

Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities within Rural Schools and Communities -  Moderator: Nancy Lever, University of Maryland, Center for School Mental Health with presentations by: West VA:  Perry Blankenship, Project Aware West VA, Facilitator/ McDowell County Schools and Pastor Fincastle First Church of God, Volunteer Chaplain (Princeton Hospital), New York:  Dr. Chris Kjolhedehris, HRSA Tele-behavioral Health grantee, Bassett Hospital System:  Meeting the needs of students in rural upstate NY through Tele-behavioral Health services within School Based Health Centers, Kansas:  Allison Harder, HRSA, SMH COIIN site, Emporia, Kansas, Wisconsin:  Gretta Bancarte, Ashland, and Crystal Holmes Adams Friendship, Project AWARE Wisconsin, Program Directors

Insights from the Lens of an Epidemiologist in a Rural State: Indicators of Child Adverse Experiences & Protective Factors: Urban, Rural & Vermont -  Laurin Kasehagen, MA, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assignee to Vermont Departments of Health & Mental Health.

Meeting Participant List:
For contact information of meeting participants, please click on the link above.

Resources:
For a list of resources and links related to School Mental Health, please click on the link above.

 

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