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The purpose of the Mental Health Practice Group is to promote the academic achievement and well being of all Pennsylvania youth and young adults through the development of a comprehensive, cross-community, behavioral health support system. This effort will emphasize the utilization of evidence-based school mental health services in conjunction with existing school-wide and community mental health programs and services. Growing evidence shows that school mental health programs improve educational outcomes by decreasing absences, decreasing discipline referrals, and improving test scores thus enabling youth and young adults to better achieve their desired post-school outcomes. This group will also explore and promote mechanisms to effectively assist youth and young adults in the smooth transition into needed adult services and supports. At the 2005 PA Community on Transition Conference at the Outcome & Issue Forum, the Mental Health Practice Group was launched. Telling national transportation data was shared (see Kickoff document located in repository). To view the priorities and potential action plans identified at the forum, check out the State of the State report located in the repository. As a follow up, 5 Regional Outcome & Issues Forums were held across the state of Pennsylvania to expand the work of the Practice Groups (see the Regional Forum information document located in archives). This website blog will be used as one of primary vehicles of communication to share practices and learn from one another! Please feel free to browse the content of the blog and join in on the discussion. Please share information you would like to have posted as an announcement or a document/product you would like to share with others in our practice group. Doris Arena, PA Dept. of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, email@example.com, Group Co-Leader Rick Boyle, PA Training and Technical Assistance Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, Group Co-Leader -
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