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Hawaii Launches Community of Practice on School Mental Health
A cross-section of educators, service providers, and family groups joined together in a statewide forum on September 8-9, 2005 to build a Community of Practice on School Mental Health in Hawaii. Embracing the concept of a shared agenda with shared work, shared accountability, and shared outcomes, forum participants saw this collaborative effort as a means to advance behavioral and mental health for Hawaii’s school-aged youth.

Guided by Joanne Cashman from the IDEA Partnership at NASDSE and learning from the experiences of states like Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania who had already formed partnership communities, forum participants identified preliminary issues in the delivery of school behavioral and mental health services and formed a leadership team to move forward. The leadership team or Core Group, which is comprised of volunteers from the forum, assumed the task of laying the foundation for the newly formed community. The 16-member group includes representatives from the state special education council, family groups, schools, military, service providers, and state governmental agencies.

Meeting regularly over the 2005-2006 school year, the Core Croup learned more about the communities of practice approach and about the issues and agendas of the various stakeholders and organizations. In addition to identifying priority issues, the Core Group also drafted vision, mission, and belief statements that will be presented to the whole Community of Practice at the second statewide Forum, which will be held on October 19-20, 2006 in Honolulu.

Dr. Etienne Wenger, a globally recognized, leading expert on Communities of Practice is featured as the keynote speaker. Forum participants will be able to engage in conversation and dialogue with Dr. Wenger and Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership at NASDSE, about the value of Communities of Practice in building learning systems for behavioral health and special education. A major desired outcome of the Forum is to form Communities of Practice at the local, school community level. Each of the 15 Hawaii Departments of Education Complex Areas has been invited to send 6-member teams to the event.

The 2-day Forum will bring together a cross sectional group of local and state partners to advance school behavioral health services. It will enable participants to: (1) Plan for community level cross-stakeholder involvement in efforts to improve school behavioral health services, (2) Use a Community of Practice approach to advance shared work across local stakeholder groups, and (3) Learn from cross-stakeholder efforts that involve multi-level and multi-partner responsibility and ownership for children's behavioral and mental health, social adjustment, and success in school. The Forum will also include the Community of Practice on Professional Development/Adult Learning, another IDEA Partnership project in Hawaii. While the general session will focus on the concept of issues-based communities of practice, separate breakout sessions will be held for each community.

This sharedwork.org website will be used to connect the practice groups, core group and the larger local and national mental health communities. The website will (1) keep community members informed through updates and the sharing of emerging documents and (2) present opportunities for them to be engaged in on-going work through blog discussions.

Check this webpage to learn more about the work of Hawaii’s collaborative partnership on advancing school behavioral and mental health. 
Hawaii School-Based Behavioral Health Community of Practice Core Leadership Group Expands
With the formation of local school community level Communities of Practice, the state SBBH CoP Core Group has been expanded to include a representative from each of the local CoPs. In addition to the new local CoP representatives, the Core Group now includes a representative from higher education, a medical services agency representative, and an attorney who represented the client in the Felix Consent Decree. The complete listing of the Hawaii SBBH CoP Core Team can be found in the Repository Section.

The following items are also housed in the Repository Section: The Purpose and Shared Goals, as well as the Role, Function and Membership of the HI SBBH CoP Core Group, A chart that links the activities of the Hawaii SBBH CoP to the SPP and other state indicators, A graphic depicting the systemic relationship between the local CoPs, the state Core Group, the system-wide Practice Groups, and the National CoP.

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