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Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health


DEADLINE EXTENDED Until July 31, 2018 for Award Nominations!

Registration is OPEN! Hurry and register to secure your spot today!  

2018 Annual Conference Schedule

2018 Annual Conference Program

2018 Conference Map

Download our conference flyer to share with your colleagues!



Recognition of Achievement Nominations DUE NO LATER THAN July 31, 2018


NEW! School Mental Health Research Award

We are seeking nominations for the first annual School Mental Health Research Award. This award, being offered by the Center for School Mental Health and Center for Intervention Research in Schools, is for an individual who has published research that has made important contributions to research and practice. Along with the primary consideration of impact, we will also secondarily consider other typical research indices (e.g., h-index, funding, quantity).The winner will receive the award and be asked to give an invited address at the 7th Annual School Mental Health Research Summit (October 10th, 2018) and will be recognized at the 2018 Advancing School Mental Health Conference (October 11th-13th, 2018), both being held in Las Vegas, NV. The awardee will also receive a complementary registration for the 2019 School Mental Health Research Summit and Conference. Nominate an exceptional researcher today!

Juanita Cunningham Evans Memorial Award

Annual award in remembrance of Juanita Cunningham Evansto be given to an individual who has significantly impacted the advancement of school mental health policy, research, and/or practice. Nominate an outstanding individual today!


Youth and Family Partnership Award

One exemplar school district, organization, or school mental health program that effectively partners with youth and families in delivering quality school mental health programming will be honored. Nominate an excellent collaborator today!


Registration rates






General $520 $545
Speaker $420 $445

Planning Committee/ Advisory Board member

$420 $445
Student/Scholarship support $310 $335


Conference hotel

Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89135

(866) 767-7773 

RESERVE NOW ONLINE! Attendees can also call or fax their individual reservations directly into the Resort's reservations department. Please provide the event name, "Advancing School Mental Health Conference" when making your reservation. Each individual is required to provide a credit card and one night's room and tax deposit. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is made. Individual reservations must be received no later than 30 days prior to the Group's arrival date or Friday, September 07, 2018. After the cut-off date, any new reservation or date or other changes to an existing room reservation will be accepted based upon space and rate availability.

The discounted guest room rate is $195 per night plus a $10.00 daily resort fee, which includes basic daily in-room internet, daily newspaper, scheduled shuttle to and from McCarran International Airport and Strip, and admission to the exercise facility at the Resort.  The hotel room tax is 13% per night will be applied to each guest room.

Housekeeping Gratuities/Room Deliveries: All guests arriving at the Resort as a group are subject to service charges for housekeeping gratuities. This current cost of $2.00/per room/per day is at the discretion of the individual.


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For more information on the Annual Conference, contact Sylvia McCree-Huntley by phone 410-706-0981 or email  


Standards of Professional Conduct Policy

The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) promotes interdisciplinary approaches that involve relevant stakeholders (e.g., youth, families, teachers, administrators, clinicians, clergy, advocates, and community leaders). We request that presenters be respectful of other disciplines and stakeholder groups.  The CSMH does not discriminate against learners on the basis of gender, age, socioeconomic or ethnic background, sexual orientation, or disability.  

Conference Disclaimer

The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine does not endorse or approve any commercial products. While it is usually unnecessary, the CSMH reserves the right to substitute or cancel sessions.

Conference Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three or more strategies for effectively implementing a full continuum of integrated school mental health approaches to support students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes
  • List three evidence-based practices and programs in school mental health
  • Identify three action steps to meaningfully partner with youth and families in school mental health

Policy on Copyright Materials

The CSMH has ownership of materials and/or permission to use all materials in conjunction with this learning activity. However, if presenters are not using their own materials, the CSMH request that presenters obtain permission to use materials from the original source.

Refund Request

All refund requests must be submitted in writing by email to Christina Huntley ( by August 31, 2018.  Refunds submitted prior to August 31, 2018 will be subject to a $75 administrative fee.  No refunds will be provided for student and speaker registration. If an attendee does not cancel their registration in writing prior to the deadline date, they are still responsible for the registration fee. No refunds will be administered after August 31, 2018. 


A limited number of scholarship funds are available. To apply for scholarship assistance, please email or fax Christina Huntley,, Center for School Mental Health, 737 West Lombard Street, Room 419, Baltimore, MD  21201; Fax 410-706-0984.  Include your name, contact information and a brief statement of the reason for your scholarship request, as well as an indication of how you will make use of the information gained at the Conference in your community.  There will be a nominal fee to cover handouts, program booklet, food events, etc.  The deadline for scholarship applications is July 31, 2018.


Americans with Disabilities Act

If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the 2018 Annual Conference, please provide information about your requirements to the Center for School Mental Health (410-706-0980) at least 10 business days in advance of the event.


Previous Conferences: 

22nd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

21st Annual Conference in San Diego, CA

20th Annual Conference in New Orleans. LA