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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. Click here to view a draft of this year's conference program agenda.


Click here to register online. 

Please mail all correspondence, including registration payment, to Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 737 W. Lombard Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 Attention Sylvia Huntley. 


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 call 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 


Airport/Hotel Shuttle Services 

You may reserve a shared ride service between the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and Louis Armstrong International Airport through New Orleans Airport Shuttle. Rates are $20 per person one-way / $35 per person roundtrip.  Call (504) 522-3500 for more information.    

 There are a few simple rules—  

In order to be able to book travel online you must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. 

You can change an existing reservation via phone (866) 596-2699, but you will need to make the original reservation online first; if not the discount does not apply. 


Area Airport  

Louis Armstrong International Airport 

900 Airline Highway  

New Orleans, LA  

(504) 303-7500   


Exhibit Information 

Sign up today to exhibit at The 20th Annual Conference!  As an exhibitor, you will have access to key decision-makers and health care providers in the school health field.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your products and services to approximately 800 or more professionals at this interdisciplinary gathering of information seekers.  Click to review the Exhibit Application and you can register online as an exhibitor.

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.

The Center for School Mental Health established an ongoing memorial to Juanita Cunningham Evans, who was instrumental in the development of the CSMH. This award is to be given to an individual who has significantly impacted the advancement of school mental health policy, research, and/or practice. 
Nominations for this award should be external (i.e., no self-nominations and no employee of the CSMH) and include a one page description of the nominee’s contributions to enhance policy, research or practice in school mental health.
The winner of the award will be recognized and honored at the conference and will receive one free conference registration for an individual to attend the conference.
Nominations should be emailed to Sylvia Huntley, no later than June 30, 2015.
The Youth and Family Partnership Award recognizes one exemplar school district, organization, or school mental health program that effectively partners with youth and families in delivering quality school mental health programming. Nominations for models that encompass clear frameworks/approaches for youth and family engagement, involvement, and partnership in school mental health are encouraged.
Nominations should include a one page description of the nominee site’s successful partnership efforts. Letters of support from youth and/or families, as well as other types of documentation that provide evidence for the success of the partnership are encouraged.
The winner of the award will be recognized and honored at the conference and will receive one free conference registration for an individual to attend the conference.
Nominations should be emailed to the Sylvia Huntley, 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.