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86th TX Legislative Session: Two Major Mental Health Victories

The 86th Texas Legislature session ran from January 8th, 2019 through May 27th, 2019. Two bills of particular interest to mental health passed: HB 2184 and HB 906. HB 2184 focuses on a student's transition from alternative education programs back into the school system, specifically providing information to the receiving school's administrator. HB 906 sets up the framework for a collaborative task force focused on school mental health services with various stakeholder participants including parents and institutions of higher education. Read more about the session as well as the bills themselves HB 2184 and HB 906 
We are thrilled to announce the 4th Annual Center for School Behavioral Health Conference, Why Do Students Act This Way & What Can I Do About It?, on September 26 & 27.  Expected to bring 850 educators, mental health and child serving professionals, advocates and parents from across the state of Texas, the Conference will feature a Keynote Address by Timothy Shirver, Ph.D.  We are now accepting proposals to speak on the topics of Social-Emotional Learning, Trauma, and Equity. Download the Save the Date here. Registration to open soon: stay tuned!     
Trauma Informed Care Training

The Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering a free online trauma-informed care training course for healthcare providers.

Participants will learn the behavioral, neurological, and health effects of trauma and the proper communication skills to use with their patients. Continuing education credit is available. Register to take the course
Upcoming Conferences
Youth Advocacy Summit
June 24-28, 2019
Rice University
Email for scholarship info.

2nd Annual TEACH Summit
July 8 - 11, 2019
Boy Scouts of America
Houston Community College: Stafford
October 5-6, 2019
The University of Houston

October 18, 2019
United Way of Greater Houston
Upcoming Events
Young Writers Workshop

June 15th
Discovery Green 
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Read More
Walk with a Doc

June 15th 
Miller Outdoor Theatre Southwest Corner
9:00 a.m.
Read More
When to Say When 2.0 with Dr. Liz West

June 19th
West Houston Assistance Ministries
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Register Here
Mindfulness for Educators

June 11th - August 27th
Mindful Being Studio
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Read More
Have an event or resource you think people should know about? Send it to Cecilia Hoeft.
Free Support Groups In & Around Houston re:MIND

re:MIND (formerly the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston) offers support groups for those dealing with anxiety and depression as well as for their family and friends. It is based on a peer support model and is facilitated by a trained mental health professional.  Community sessions are 1.5 hours long; click here to find a session near you. Sessions are also available for individual schools; these are 45-60 minutes in length and are open to any interested students referred by their school counselor. Find the email contact to register your school here

United Way of Greater Houston
Economic Policy Institute and Opportunity Institute Report
How toxic stress affects school children's outcomes

Helpful Definitions
Emotional Support vs. Service Animal: A Brief Overview
UT Health's Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy App
Discover personalized self-help tools and resources to manage stress, anxiety, chronic pain and more in the environment of your choosing. Learn more at the above link. 

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art 2015-2016 Exhibition Guidebook
Free guidebook with high quality photos and descriptions of art that was part of a travelling exhibition exploring how mental health affects society at large as well as how art can serve as a tool to express one's own journey with mental illness and treatment.
Trauma Sensitive Schools Training Package
Free resources on adopting a trauma sensitive approach at the school and district level from The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.

Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
Resource to locate treatment facilities across the United States; anonymous and confidential 

Mental and Behavioral Health Roadmap & Toolkit for Schools
Download Meadows Mental Health's latest publication for Texas schools and districts with information to assess and address student mental health needs. 
The Center for School Behavioral Health 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.      

The School Behavioral Health Collaborative engages school district personnel, behavioral health providers, advocates, education-related and child-serving agencies, parents, and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts to improve the prevention, identification and treatment of behavioral health issues among youth. Learn more here or email Natalie Fikac.
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