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Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention


This practice group is committed to working across stakeholder groups

to advance knowledge and best practice related to effectively

integrating school mental health with juvenile justice and dropout

prevention. We believe that, 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. Key priority areas include effective strategies for:

addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP); reducing truancy,

unnecessary suspensions and expulsions, dropout, and delinquency;

promoting successful school reentry and transitions; and professional

development for school and juvenile services staff.

Leadership Team
We currently have six members on our leadership team: Barbara Brady Ashcraft, Mark Ferrante, Jerry Hime, Nancy Lever, JoAnne Malloy, and Judith Storandt.

Barbara Brady Ashcraft, MA, LPC is the School Counseling Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. She has extensive experience developing behavioral health curriculum and contributed to the wraparound system serving adults. Barbara served on the American School Counselor Association Governing Board for over five years. Barbara is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Her experience and education are a natural fit with this practice group.

Mark Ferrante, BS, currently serves as Director for Leadership and Training Programs for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ). In his role he is charged with the development, implementation and oversight of CJJ’s training initiatives for CJJ members and State Advisory Groups (SAGs). Mark has over twenty-five years of experience in juvenile justice policy and program development at the local, state and national levels and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Gerald J. (Jerry) Hime is a retired public school administrator. In addition to being a site and central office administrator of special education he served as a consultant in the areas of due process/clients’ rights, student services, discipline, and attendance. He is a past president of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and continues to be active at the international and state levels. He also serves on the Executive Committees of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA). He is an Educational Consultant specializing in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, providing trainings and services as well as serving as a hearing officer. He has taught special education classes at the university level. Hime resides in Huntington Beach, California.

Nancy Lever, Ph.D. is the co-Director of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and Director of the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program. A psychologist with over 15 years experience providing expanded school mental health services and programming in an urban setting, Nancy is particularly interested in advancing best practice in dropout prevention. Through her work at the CSMH, Nancy is involved in efforts to advance school mental health research, training, policy, and practice at local, state, and national levels.

JoAnne M. Malloy, MSW, has been a Project Director at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire since 1991 where she has directed several state and federally-funded employment and dropout prevention projects using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and projects for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). She is most interested in applied research in high schools, with particular attention to PBIS and school-to-career transition for youth with EBD.

Judith Storandt, JD, is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). Judith has played a leading role in the dissemination of Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency. Judith is particularly interested in advancing policy, best practices and resources for youth served in the juvenile justice system.

Recent Announcements

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JJDOP Group Sessions at 15th Annual Conference
Posted on Tuesday 5th October 2010, 7:28am by Nancy Lever
Be sure to attend the outstanding sessions within our practice group track



7:00-8:00 Practice Training Group Session

9:40 - 10:40AM Conference Session I

5. RENEW: Capacity Building Project (JJD)
The RENEW Project is successfully implementing the evidence based, person centered, high school transition and employment focused RENEW model into community mental health clinician practice as a Medicaid billable service. Strategies for building state leadership support, training mental health clinicians, and developing mental health and school partnerships will be discussed.
Joanne Malloy, MSW, and Jonathon Drake, MSW, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, Concord, NH

12:15-1:15 Practice Group Training Session

2:45-3:45 Conference Session IV

6. Is Dating Violence the Issue? (JJD)
Teen Dating Violence (TDV) impacts 1 teen in 4 nationally. Strong connections exist between TDV and poor social and academic outcomes. This workshop encourages participants to understand TDV and its impact on school safety. Participants will leave with culturally relevant tools and a roadmap to implement a multi-systemic, youth-led prevention.
Anna Nelson, MSW, Office of School and Adolescent Health, Albuquerque, NM

4:00-5:00 Conference Session V

4. Children’s Crisis Intervention Training (JJD)
Children’s Crisis Intervention Training (CCIT) involves 40 hours of intensive training for school officers and a 3 day training for school administrators, including simulations in which trainees are confronted with realistic student mental health crisis situations on a school campus. Lessons learned and practical tips in CCIT implementation will be
Terri Mabrito, MA, The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio, TX


10:50-11:50 Conference Session VII

5. ENACT’s Creative Container (JJD)
The ENACT application of theatre games and signature role-play and facilitation technique applied to create and maintain the ENACT Creative Container will be presented along with findings from a recent Ford Foundation funded evaluation of the agency's highly successful New York City Council funded drop-out prevention model.
Diana Feldman, MA, Emelie Ward, MA, Miles Grose, BA, Liora Schwartz, LSMW, Emily Weiner, BA, New York, NY

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