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The Center for School Behavioral Health (the Center) at Mental Health America of Greater Houston serves as a “living laboratory” for incubating innovative, cost-effective and replicable best practices to improve the behavioral health of students by facilitating collective action; providing highly specialized professional development opportunities, technical assistance and community education; and conducting research, advocacy, and policy analysis. Read More.

Win a $15 gift certificate for answering three questions!

Did you attend the Center's first conference, Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma? Do you want the 2nd annual conference to be even better? If you answered yes to both questions, you could win a $10 Starbucks gift card for less than five minutes of your time. Use the link below to answer three short questions and you will be entered into a drawing. The survey must be completed by February 3rd, 2017 to be eligible. Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us valuable feedback. Complete the survey here.

Record Breaking Attendance at the January Collaborative Meeting
The Center for School Behavioral Health started out 2017 with 110 people at the first Collaborative meeting of the year. We were thrilled to welcome representatives from three new school districts (Dayton ISD, Hitchcock ISD, and Humble ISD) who attended the Collaborative meeting for the first time.
  
After introductions and networking, Amanda Siroosian shared how ChildBuilders programs enhance student social-emotional learning and competencies to promote healthy relationship skills, prevent abuse and bullying, and enable the next generation to be nurturing parents. 
Visit ChildBuilders website or contact Amanda to learn more.
 
Next, Jennifer Herrera, Program Officer for Episcopal Health Foundation, facilitated a tremendous panel conversation with Donna Bahorich, Chair of the Texas Board of Education, and Juliet Stipeche, Director of Education for Mayor Turner at the City of Houston.  Donna and Juliet shared insight into important and pressing issues in student mental health and education on both a local and statewide level. 
 
With the 85th Texas Legislative session upon us, Juliet and Donna’s insights provided a perfect platform to announce the Center for School Behavioral Health's plans to follow up on these important issues.  Learn more about the new Advocacy Task Force in the Legislative Update below.
 

Contact Janet Pozmantier for more information about the Center for School Behavioral Health Collaborative.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Rescheduled Advocacy Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, January 24th
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Council on Recovery

RSVP to Lauren Pursley

The Center for School Behavioral Health’s Advocacy Task Force is committed to championing legislation to affect positive change on behalf of children with mental and behavioral health issues in Texas. Join us for our first meeting where we will review the legislative process and the Center’s specific legislative agenda as well as the Yates Children Memorial Fund's legislative agenda.

Read more here.

NEWS & RESOURCES
Mental Health Trainings for Schools and Organizations
Don't forget - our trainings are now eligible for Educator CPE hours in addition to LMFT, LPC and MSW CEUs. Learn more about our various trainings on our website. Keep a look out for an announcement about a Youth Mental Health First Aid course in March.

SoberBowl SuperFest
Recovery-sensitive locals are making a concerted effort to create a sober "counter-culture" party vibe in Houston. Toward that end, and as the 2017 host home for The NFL Super Bowl LI, local organizations have partnered to produce a clean, safe alternative festival event on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2017. Learn more on the SoberBowl SuperFest website. 

Call for Partners
The Center is planning to answer the Request for Ideas posted jointly by the Rockwell Fund and the Simmons Foundation to work on school discipline reform in order to reduce exclusionary discipline and promote positive school climate.  This work is central to the collective agenda of our Collaborative, which focuses on systems change and advocacy efforts.

Please let us know if your organization/school district would like to be more involved and help us design our project idea by Monday, January 23. We are currently building an ad hoc collaborative to apply jointly for this funding opportunity.  Additionally, if your organization/school district is planning to submit an independent proposal, please let us know if we can support your project in any way.  For more details, contact Janet Pozmantier. 

Mental Health E-News
Reading and sharing what you know makes you a stronger mental health advocate. Learn more about how MHA of Greater Houston is educating, training, creating awareness and shaping legislative policies as a way to address the critical issues in behavioral health. Read the January 2017 eNews.

#HTXMentalHealth Children's Art Contest
"How I Feel About Myself"
January 4, 2017 - April 1, 2017


The #HTXMentalHealth Children's Art Contest has begun! Get your entry forms, posters, certificates and resources on the event website. For more information or to get materials mailed to you, email Traci PattersonDirector of Communications or call 713-520-3476.
FEATURED COLLABORATIVE MEMBER
Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School Program has been keeping schools safe since 1997 by providing students with a safe and anonymous way to report crime and potential dangers on their campus and in their community. In addition to their TipLine, safety presentations are offered to students and parents are given tools and tips for keeping their child safe. Training is also available to school staff and school-based law enforcement officers. The Safe School Program has educated over 1 million students from PK-12th grade in 28 Greater Houston Area school districts, including private and charter schools, and satisfies state and federal mandates. Please contact Michelle Sacks, Safe School Program Manager, for additional information. 
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UPCOMING CENTER EVENTS
School Behavioral Health School District Learning Community
February 2, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP Required
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Newtown
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
February 21, 2016
University of Houston GCSW
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
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School Behavioral Health Collaborative Meeting
March 2, 2016
Lunch: 11:45 a.m
Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP Required
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MHA Events
Stay up-to-date on upcoming trainings, events and conferences on the MHA Events Calendar.
OTHER EVENTS
Adopting a P4C Approach to Literacy in the Classroom
January 27, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Texas A&M University
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8th Annual UTHealth Psychiatry Update: 
Young Minds
February 4, 2017
7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Conference Center
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The Future of Healthy Children Symposium
February 16, 2017
Crime Stoppers of Houston
1:00  p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Houston Eating Disorder Specialists 2017 Conference
February 18, 2017
Norris Conference Center
8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
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Have an event you think our members should know about? Want to be our featured organization? Have a great resource on school behavioral health? Email Betsy Blanks to have them included.
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