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Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

This year's conference will be held November 5-7, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will be hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH; funded by the Health and Resources Services Administration) and the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education). The theme of the conference will be Getting Jazzed about School Mental Health -- Celebrating 20 Years of Advancing School Mental Health.  The conference features thirteen specialty tracks, including special topic areas on funding and sustainability in school mental health and school substance use services. 

The annual conference offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.  The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families. The intended audience for the conference includes clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals.

To submit an abstract, click here. Please submit your abstract online by Friday, February 27, 2015.



The Sheraton New Orleans is the host hotel for this conference.  The Sheraton is located just blocks away from the French Quarter!  There are several restaurants, shopping, and attractions within walking distance from the hotel.  Complimentary internet is provided in the guestrooms.  Reserve your room early!  A limited block of hotel rooms are available on a first option basis until October 12, 2015, at a special room rate of $190 per night for single and double occupancy, plus room tax.  Reservations must be received prior to October 12, 2015 to ensure a room at this special rate. State the NAME OF EVENT:  Advancing School Mental Health 20th Annual Conference. Individuals may contact the hotel directly at (504) 452-2500 or by calling the toll free reservations number at 1(888) 627-7033.  You can also book your guest room by clicking on the link below or copy and past the link into a web browser .
Conference Objectives 
As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:
1) Identify three or more strategies for effectively implementing a full continuum of integrated approaches to reduce barriers to learning.
2) List three challenges to implementing evidence-based practice and programs in school mental health and identify at least three strategies to overcome them.
3) Define the concept of family-school-community partnership and be able to identify three action steps to building a shared agenda.
4) Develop written achievable strategies for program evaluation, focusing on outcomes valued by youth, families, and school and community stakeholders.
5) List at least three strategies to build policy support for school mental health at the local, state, and/or federal level.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Juanita Cunningham Evans Memorial Award and the Youth and Family Partnership Award presented each year at the Annual Conference. Please send your nominations to Dr. Nancy Lever at no later than June 30, 2015. 
The Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) in collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).
Conference Disclaimer 
The 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.
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.
The CSMH's commercial disclosure policy prohibits the introduction, representation, and/or selling of services and products, and the use of commercial logos in handouts or on slides in all conference sessions except during the exhibit and poster session. In addition, the policy prohibits selling of services and products outside of the exhibit area. If your proposed presentation will promote specific products or services that are cost items, then you must apply for an exhibit sessions and be a paid exhibitor.
American Disabilities Act 
If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the 20th Annual Conference, please provide information about your requirements to CSMH (410-706-0980) at least 10 business days in advance of this event.