New Forum To Identify Barriers and Solutions to School Based Mental Health

    • March 21, 2011

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will launch a forum on March 28 to look at the issues surrounding School Based Mental Health in America.

The forum is set to run for three weeks and include input from policy makers in education and health at the state and local levels, as well as state and local finance administrators, plus mental health professionals and administrators, school district officials and staff.

Some background: The development and expansion of school based mental health services and programs are often dependent on state and federal grant opportunities that are time-limited and categorical. A goal of the Center’s planning grant is to identify current programs and policies that support the number, quality, and sustainability of school mental health programs and services and explore opportunities for building on this base.

To increase knowledge of the federal, state and local policies and programs that support or limit school mental health programs, the forum will examine the implications of laws, regulations, and implementing policies that impact the organization and finance of school-connected mental health.

Conversation hosts Wendy Yallowitz of RWJF and Olga Acosta Price from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools will guide the discussions. All are welcome to join in the conversation and offer ideas and experiences.