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Improving School Mental Health for Youth with Disabilities


The purpose of this practice group is to promote collaboration between

education agencies and mental health agencies and services providers

to facilitate the delivery of quality mental health services to students

with disabilities in the school setting.  By promoting better

collaborative efforts education and mental health agencies benefit from

shared learning and shared service delivery and students with

disabilities are more likely to receive appropriate and inclusive

programs and services mutually designed to assist the student to

successfully achieve targeted goals.

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A few updates for the “Improving SMH for Youth with Disabilities” Practice Group!
Posted on Wednesday 16th March 2011, 3:37pm by Carrie Mills
• Thanks to the volunteers from our Practice Group who assisted in reviewing the proposals that were submitted to our track for the 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. We had a lot of strong proposals that were submitted and aligned with the goals of our Practice Group.

• Remember to SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Conference will be in Charleston, SC this year from September 22-24, 2011. Please go to the CSMH Website ( for program updates.

• One of our Practice Group members (Thank you Lauren Agoratus!) provided some great resources that are free and related to the aims of our group. I am passing along this information about two groups who are hosting free national conference calls:

1) Georgetown University has free national conference calls (incl. Q&A live) the third Thursday of the month, from 1-2:30 through their National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health. Materials and call recordings are archived on the site to access if you can't make the call. See Past calls of interest include “Making the Case for Evaluation of School Mental Health Programming: Strengthening Partnerships for Positive Outcomes” (10/21/10) and “Safe Schools/Healthy Students: A Unique Federal Initiative to Promote Safe and Healthy Environments in School Settings” (9/17/09).

2) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is also hosting conference calls (incl. “Ask the Doctor” live for parents) every third Friday of the month from 11-12:30. These calls will begin to be archived this month also. If you have questions, please contact Dana Markey at

• Looking Ahead— One of our group members is working on a soon to be released article in NAMI national that will describe linkages for mental health and schools through statewide trainings by the NJ Department of Education. One "Educating the Educators" offers professional development credits, the other "Every Mind Matters" is aligned with the core curriculum content standards for NJ students. This is yet another way that we can facilitate connections between mental health and the schools. When published, we will be sending out information on how to access this article.

• Reminder: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, including National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day…. Are you ready to spread the word? There are resources available on the web to help get the word out (e.g.,

Please stay tuned for more updates. We encourage all of you to post related resource or information to this site. Take care, Your Practice Group Facilitators

Expertise Needed!
Posted on Wednesday 23rd February 2011, 4:16pm by Carrie Mills
The Improving SMH for Youth with Disabilites Practice Group is seeking volunteers to review proposals submitted to our specialty track. There are approximately 19 submissions for review - due by the first week of March.

Please email me, Carrie Mills, if you are interested in being a reviewer. My email address is -- I will also try to reach those of you listed as practice group members directly.

I will forward instructions for the review process.

Thank you -- On behalf of our practice group facilitators.

Carrie Mills

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