Description: What does a comprehensive approach to mental health services and supports look like in rural communities? How do we ensure that the strategies to effectively address the mental health and overall well-being of children and youth in rural and tribal schools and communities includes multi-system partnerships, family engagement, and youth involvement? How do we ensure that these services and supports are guided by the principles of cultural and linguistic competence? Many rural communities face challenges and disparities in meeting the needs of young people and their families who need mental health services and supports. These challenges may even be greater when addressing the needs of young people who need more intensive services and supports. This webinar will focus on discussing strategies to expand the adoption of comprehensive mental health support of youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) in rural schools and communities. During the webinar, a system of care (SOC) approach will be discussed to highlight the importance of interagency collaboration, individualized and strength-based practices, and cultural competence for implementation of comprehensive mental health supports. Additionally, it will focus on system of care and wrap around in tribal communities. This webinar will also provide examples of strategies for families and youth to work in partnership with public and private organizations, ensuring supports are effective and build on the individual’s strengths and needs.
Participants in this webinar will learn about:
- Effective strategies to implement a comprehensive approach to address the needs of children and youth with SED in rural and tribal schools and communities;
- The importance of effective youth and family engagement; and,
- Strategies to engage multi-system partners in these efforts through a system of care approach.
- The Montana Tribal Wraparound Approach.
Kurt D. Michael, Ph.D., Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Appalachian State University
Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Executive Director, The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
Don Wetzel, Jr., American Indian Youth Development Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Crystal Hickman, Wraparound Couch, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Facilitator: Karen Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)