Funding and Sustainability on School Mental Health
The CSMH hosted the first webinar of a monthly series on funding and sustainability for school mental health on May 21, 2014. Despite documented benefits, barriers continue to limit expansion of school mental health services and financing. This webinar, "Sustaining School Mental Health Services: Is there an App for that?" highlighted two school mental health programs, the common elements of their successful business plans and funding strategies. The webinar was presented by Donna Behrens, MPH, BSN, (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools), Barbara Parks, LICSW, (D.C. Department of Behavioral Health), and Mark Sander, PsyD, (Minneapolis Public Schools). The webinar recording is available and PowerPoint slides.
The second webinar in this series was held June 11, 2014. Steven Kossor, MA, from The Institute for Behavior Change, presented, "Using EPSDT to fund Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) in home and schools." Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) funding for children's mental health treatment has existed throughout the U.S. since 1989. In 36 states, it has been available to all children with disabilities, including Autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, regardless of family income. Knowledge about EPSDT funding for mental health treatment is dreadfully inadequate. Thousands of children fail to receive potentially life-saving mental health treatment every year because their parents or teachers do not know enough about EPSDT to get help for them. The webinar recording is available and PowerPoint slides (please note that the audio for the presentation begins after the first 10 minutes of the webinar recording).
The third webinar in this series was held July 16, 2014. William Dikel, MD, presented, "Creating Self-Sustaining, Replicable School Mental Health Programs: A User's Guide." Using examples from various programs across the U.S., this presentation identified the key factors for maximizing school mental health sustainability and replicability, including community collaboration, maximizing funding streams, role clarification, identifying necessary ancillary services, expanding insurance benefit sets, concurrent Medicaid and Special Education billing by school districts, minimizing financial and legal liabilities for school districts and methods of data analysis that measure improved educational outcomes and the cost savings resulting from school mental health services. The webinar recording is available and PowerPoint slides (please note that the audio for the presentation begins at 3:32 of the webinar recording).
The fourth webinar in this series was held August 20, 2014. Drs. Paul Flaspohler and Cricket Meehan presented "Building a School-Based Prevention Support System: A Business Plan." Evidence-based practices (EBPs) developed to address bullying, school violence, and other problems have been shown to improve outcomes when implemented with fidelity. However, when supported through 'business-as-usual' approaches, these EBPs often fail to produce the level of outcomes that result from testing programs in academic laboratories or under controlled community trials. To address the gap between this research-practice game, a team from the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University developed a model prevention support system based on the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (ISF, Wandersman et. al., 2008). The support system provided specialized training and technical assistance for three cohorts of schools, delivering evidence of high quality implementation and outcomes. Despite initial evidence of success, the initiative has proven difficult to bring to scale, in large part due to the expense required to fund adequately through a single funding source. In this session, Drs. Flaspohler and Meehan will present results from research undertaken in order to leverage private and public funding to support a sustainable support system for prevention in schools. The webinar recording is available and PowerPoint slides.
The fifth webinar in this series was held September 10, 2014 at 12 Noon ET. Mr. William Thomas presented "Cracking the Code: How to Design a Successful Business Model for Funding and Sustainability of School-Based Health and Mental Health Services." Participants learned how to design a successful business model for funding and sustainability of school-based health and mental health services, develop a multi-year sustainable business plan and budget incorporating key financing strategies and performance metrics for sustainability, and analyze the importance of six proven service development strategies. A case example demonstrated how Washington County, OR has successfully implemented these strategies and tools to leverage over $5,000,000 for new school-based health and mental health services. Worksheets were developed to supplement this presentation and include the BHS SBHC Business Plan, Designing SBHMHS Business Model, SBHC Business Plan Metrics, and VGTSB June 2013 Access Dashboard. The webinar recording is available and PowerPoint slides.
The sixth webinar in this series was held October 22, 2014 at 12 Noon ET. Elizabeth Freeman, Kelly Wells, and Mary Thorgren presented "Finding Funding: There IS a Way to Finance School Mental Health." This presentation included strategies on finding funding to support school mental health programs through partnerships with community and state agencies, blending funding strategies, and using Medicaid and other third-party billing sources. Participants were given the opportunity to Google their state’s administrative claiming guide in order to garner an understanding of how to navigate the website. In today’s uncertain economy, this information is useful to those who need to find funding on supporting local school mental health programs. The presentation slides are available.
The seventh webinar in this series was held Wednesday November 12, 2014 at Two O'Clock Eastern Time. Rena Steyaert from the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education presented “Medicaid in Schools -- An Innovative System of Funding Special Education Services”. This presentation described how Medicaid reimbursement for services provided in public schools works and illustrated the unique partnership between Medicaid, education, and families while defraying the ever-increasing costs of health care delivered in schools. The goal of building on existing school strengths and resources in partnership with Medicaid and education for funding mental health services was emphasized. The PowerPoint slides are available.
The eighth and final webinar in this series was held Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 12 Noon ET. Drs. Louise Fink and Rita Mattison and Ms. Denise Wheatley-Rowe presented “More Than 25 Years of School-Based Mental Health Services: Funding and Sustainability”. This presentation focused on financial components that support a comprehensive school-based mental health program. The presenters discussed funding streams and the link between evaluation and sustainability with an emphasis on developing age-appropriate goals and effective evaluation strategies.
School Mental Health: A Federal Perspective
The CSMH and the IDEA Partnership presented a webinar, School Mental Health: A Federal Perspective, on January 30, 2014. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the President put forward a number of initiatives aimed at making schools and communities safer and to increase access to mental health services in his plan, Now is the Time. As he said, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.” This webinar provided an overview of federal efforts that have already been put in place, as well as those that have been proposed for the upcoming years. Presenters David Esquith, Director for the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), U.S. Department of Education, and Ingrid Donato, Branch Chief, Mental Health Promotion, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provided participants with information about other existing federal initiatives to prevent youth violence and promote positive student outcomes. Strategies that support students, schools, and communities as well as the importance of cross-system partnerships was also highlighted. The webinar recording is available as well as the powerpoint.
Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group hosted a webinar on Wednesday April 17, 2013 titled “Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools” that featured two presentations. The first presentation featured Nic Dibble from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction who shared how Wisconsin is building on existing mental health initiatives to use a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework to help schools support students affected by trauma. Mr. Dibble shared resources including Wisconsin’s toolkit for schools, links to publications and websites that describe how schools can become more trauma-informed, and specific strategies schools can adopt to be more trauma-sensitive. The second presentation featured Erin Butts from the University of Montana Institute for Educational Research and Service who discussed secondary traumatic stress (STS), burnout, and self-care. She identified STS signs and symptoms, discussed their significance, and provided recommendations for self-care. Her presentation included an interactive exercise that can be used during stressful situations. The webinar recording is available as well as the powerpoint. Please note that the webinar recording started a few minutes late so the introduction and first few slides were not audio recorded. The PowerPoint slides include the entire presentation. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Heart of Learning and Teaching - Compassion, Resilience and Academic Success
The Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group hosted a webinar on March 20, 2013 titled, Heart of Learning and Teaching - Compassion, Resilience and Academic Success. The webinar was presented by two of the publication's authors: Mona M. Johnson, MA, CPP, CDP (Chief School Behavioral Health, US Army Medical Command, Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health) and Ron Hertel, BA (Readiness to Learn, Compassionate Schools, Mental Health Learning and Teaching Support, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). Their publication is available online free of charge to all interested. Presenters gave an overview of trauma, adverse childhood experiences, resilience and compassionate responses, an understanding of the importance of professional self-care as an ethical obligation, instructional principles, curricular domains and specific strategies for creating compassionate classrooms/schools, and examples of compassionate schools and academic success currently in action in Washington State and beyond. A PDF of the slides and additional information are now posted on Sharedwork.org. The webinar recording is also available.
Comprehensive School Mental Health: A partnership among families, schools, and communities
In a webinar sponsored by the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health (MCF), CSMH Co-Directors Nancy Lever, Ph.D and Sharon Hoover Stephan, Ph.D. hosted a webinar titled Comprehensive School Mental Health: A partnership among families, schools, and communities on March 11, 2013. Since 1995, the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has been working to promote successful policies and programs to advance school mental health in the United States. The recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has heightened the nation’s awareness of the vulnerability of our children and communities to violent actions. However, it is important that we not respond by merely addressing security in schools. Rather, we must attend to comprehensive school mental health - promoting students’ social-emotional learning, mental health and positive school climate; early screening and identification of youth mental health concerns; and effective school-based prevention and intervention. In this webinar, presenters discussed what comprehensive school mental health is and the role of families and schools in their partnership to address children’s mental health. A PDF of this presentation is now available.
Assessment and Progress Monitoring in School-Based Mental Health
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group hosted a webinar on October 16, 2012 titled Assessment and Progress Monitoring in School-Based Mental Health. The webinar was presented by Dr. Aaron Lyon (Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine), Jessica Knaster Wasse (Program Manager, Community & School-Based Partnerships Program, Public Health - Seattle & King County), and Dr. Kristy Ludwig (Research Associate, University of Washington School of Medicine). The presentation described an ongoing initiative to implement feasible and effective standardized assessment and progress monitoring procedures in school-based mental health services. Current efforts include collection of stakeholder input, training in student outcome monitoring, and the iterative development of a computerized measurement feedback system.
Meaningfully Engaging Culturally Diverse Families in School Mental Health
In collaboration with the CSMH and the IDEA Partnership, the School Mental Health and Culturally Diverse Youth Practice Group hosted a webinar on November 7, 2012 titled Meaningfully Engaging Culturally Diverse Families in School Mental Health. This webinar was presented by Dr. Zewelanji Serpell, an Associate Professor at Virginia State University. Dr. Serpell is the author of several publications and has edited two books on school mental health—Advances in School-Based Mental Health Interventions (co-edited with S. Evans & M. Weist, Civic Research Institute, 2007) and the Handbook of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health: Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and Policy (co-edited with C. Clauss-Ehlers & M. Weist). Broadly defined, her research interests center on executive functioning in African American students. The objectives of the webinar included: 1) Describe and distinguish among parental involvement, parent engagement and quality parent-teacher relationships; 2) Present research that demonstrates that parent-teacher relationships matter; 3) Identify key barriers to successful relationships; and 4) Discuss strategies to promote meaningful engagement of diverse families in school mental health. Download the PDF of this presentation.
Person Centered Planning to Re-engage High School Youth who are at Risk of Dropout
The Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention Practice Group sponsored a webinar titled, "Person Centered Planning to Re-engage High School Youth who are at Risk of Dropout" on May 15, 2012. This webinar focused on an evidence-supported model for engaging high school students with emotional and behavioral challenges in the development and pursuit of their goals for school completion and for post secondary education and employment. A strong focus was on strategies and examples of the person centered planning process, including brief video clips of team meetings where the planning occurred. If you have any questions regarding this webinar or joining the JJDP practice group, please contact Dr. Nancy Lever.
Common Elements of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice in Schools
The Quality and Evidence-Based Practice (QEBP) Group of the Community of Practice on School Behavioral Health (sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health and IDEA Partnership) hosted a webinar on March 26, 2012. The webinar featured two presentations: "The Common Elements of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice in Schools" presented by Dr. Sharon Stephan, CSMH Co-Director and Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine and “Implementing the Common Elements of Evidence-Based Practice in Schools – Waccamaw’s Experience” presented by Samantha Paggeot, School Based Services Coordinator and LaToya Simmons, School Mental Health Therapist, Waccamaw Center for Mental Health, School Mental Health Program. The two presentations provided an overview of common elements of children's mental health treatment in schools and discussion of a systematic approach to implement these common elements for students with disruptive behavior disorders in a school mental health program in South Carolina. A PDF of the presentation is available.
Video of Connecticut's Statewide Summit on School-based Mental Health
In January 2012, CSMH Co-Director, Dr. Sharon Stephan, had the honor of presenting a keynote at a statewide Summit on School-based Mental Health (SMH) in Connecticut. The purpose of the summit was to showcase models in Connecticut that have collaboratively improved educational and mental health outcomes in order to identify common goals and determine action steps to pursue in 2012. The summit, attended by close to 200 stakeholders, brought together state leaders in SMH as well as several distinguished guests including: Stefan Pryor, Commissioner (CT State Department of Education), Joette Katz (Commissioner, CT Department of Children and Families), and Dr. Fred Volkmar (Director, Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine). View entire video coverage of the event.
School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group hosted a webinar on June 6, 2011 titled "School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership". The webinar was presented by Dr. Eric Bruns, Associate Professor, and Dr. Aaron Lyon, Postdoctoral Fellow, from the University of Washington School Medicine. They presented research on the connection between school-based health center service utilization (both health and mental health services) and academic outcomes, as well as several projects that are underway to promote positive social emotional and academic outcomes via effective school-based mental health services.
Outcomes Assessment in School Mental Health Webinar
A webinar titled "Outcomes Assessment in School Mental Health" was hosted by the Quality and Evidence Based Practice Group on March 16th, 2011. The webinar included brief presentations by Dr. Mark Sander on an evaluation of school mental health programs in Minneapolis Public Schools, Dr. Sharon Stephan on outcomes assessment in Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Nicole Evangelista on updates from the Center for School Mental Health, and Dr. Michael Kelly on the rationale for the special issue of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. There was a brief discussion with participants at the end of the webinar.
Bullying in Public and Charter Schools
The National Practice Group on Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention hosted a teleconference on February 14, 2011 with Dr. Philip J. Lazurus. This practice group is committed to working across stakeholder groups to advance knowledge and best practices related to effectively linking school mental health with juvenile justice and dropout prevention. For youth to be successful, effective coordination and communication across systems is needed, and resources and best practice guidelines related to this work need to be readily available. Download the full transcript of the interview. The National Association of School Psychologist also compiled a list of bullying prevention resources. Visit their website to learn more about how school psychologist work with educators, students, and families to ensure that every child feels safe at school, as well as traveling to and from school.