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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.      
 
School Behavioral Health Collaborative 
The Center 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 Janet Pozmantier.

LOCAL ELECTIONS UPDATE

ONE Houston HISD School Board Runoff Accountability Forum
Last week, Houston voters went to the polls to select new trustees for six open HISD seats. District 1 and 3 are headed to a runoff. This Thursday, November 16th from 6-8pm, ONE Houston is hosting a runoff candidate forum.  At this action assembly, ONE Houston students, teachers, and parents will be asking candidates to make specific commitments on policies that will protect undocumented students, expand community schools, and dismantle the school to prison pipeline. 

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Clean Sweep for Houston-Area School Bond Propositions
This past Election Day, residents of eight Houston-area school districts voted on bonds valued at more than $2.5 billion. All bonds were approved and will provide funding for new construction, technology and transportation. Click the link below for more information on each district bond.  
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The Center for School Behavioral Health is fortunate to have received funding from UNICEF to prepare Houston area schools to meet the trauma needs of students. The City of Houston worked with UNICEF to identify 183 schools that would greatly benefit from free trauma training and therapeutic group services. Additional schools with a high population of low-income students affected by Harvey may be considered. Click here to see the list of schools, and contact Lauren Pursley for more information on participating. 
Hurricane Harvey brought widespread destruction to many Texas communities. As we continue to remove debris and rebuild homes, the physical reminders of Harvey will begin to wane. However, the impacts on our mental, physical and emotional health are lasting. We are fortunate to have many organizations focusing on the mental health recovery of our community, which has led to an increased need for behavioral health professionals. Click here to view a list of several job openings in the Houston-area.
Each year, the Children's Defense Fund rewards five Houston-area high school seniors who have overcome tremendous adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership, and aspire to continue their education. The five students receive a $5,000 scholarship, a laptop, and access to the CDF's leadership programs and network of Beat the Odds alumni. Click here to learn more.
The new Attachment and Trauma Center of Houston offers a full-range of mental health services, with a special emphasis on services for children, adolescents, and adults with attachment, trauma, and eating disorder challenges.
The team includes several Registered Play Therapists trained to work with children as young as 2 years of age. Please visit the website www.atchouston.com for additional information.
Two reports have been released addressing the state of mental health in Harris County, as well as the larger area affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each report provides great information and recommendations on the mental health needs of our youth. Click here to read the report from Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and click here to read the report from Texans Care for Children. 
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