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Developing Partnerships Between Juvenile Justice and Schools to Provide Mental Health Services in Rural Communities

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 03:30
Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2016

July 27, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern


Description: The creation of strong multi-systems partnerships can provide access to mental health services and supports for children and youth that promote well-being and ensure that those who are at risk are identified early, enabling them to stay in school, graduate and go on to productive lives as young adults.  This webinar will focus on the Williams County’s LINC (Linking Individuals with Needs to the Community), Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HS) as an example of effective partnerships between juvenile justice, mental health and schools.  This SS/HS initiative provides coordinated and comprehensive school-based mental health services to children and youth in a rural community in northwest Ohio.



Participants will:

·         Learn how rural communities can support the development of partnerships between juvenile justice, mental health and schools to address the mental health needs of children and youth;

·         Examine the key roles of state and community agencies in developing effective partnerships:

·         Explore effective strategies for the implementation of comprehensive and coordinated mental health services in rural communities; and, 

·         Learn about available resources to facilitate effective partnerships between juvenile justice, mental health and schools to provide services and supports.



The Honorable Steven R. Bird, Judge, Williams County Ohio, Probate/Juvenile Court 

Jeff Spears, External Grants Administrator, Ohio Department of Youth Services

Ron Rittichier, Project Director, Williams County’s LINC, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant



Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)


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