The Center for School Behavioral Health (the Center) at MHA 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.

Educator CPE hours now available for youth mental health trainings

Along with our previous certification as a provider of LCSW, LPC, LCDC and LMFT CEUs, we are pleased to announce that MHA of Greater Houston is now a certified Educator CPE Provider in Texas, and all Center trainings are eligible:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 hours)
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Training (3 hours)
  • Are the Kids Alright? Mental Health in Children (1.5 or 3 hours)
Click here to read more about the Center's youth-related trainings.

MHA of Greater Houston also offers additional trainings that are not eligible for Educator hours, but do qualify for LCSW, LPC, LCDC and LMFT hours. Examples of these trainings are Adult Mental Health First Aid, Adult Suicide Prevention and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Contact Tiffany Ross for these additional course offerings and information. 

November Collaborative Meeting Brief

Our final Collaborative meeting of 2016 welcomed representatives from two new school districts – Klein ISD and Waller ISD. Humble ISD and New Caney ISD also recently joined the Collaborative, and we look forward to meeting them in January. 
After introductions and networking, Dr. Michael Webb, Director of HISD’s new Social Emotional Learning Department, delivered a fabulous presentation about this new endeavor. We also heard from Annalee Gulley, MHA's Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, who reviewed the Center's legislative agenda for the upcoming 85th Texas Legislative Session.

Janet Pozmantier, the Center Director, presented "What's New in School Mental Health" gleaned from the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. She also led a conversation around our sold-out first conference, Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma, and received great feedback for the 2017 conference.
Finally, we announced the new Center for School Behavioral Health Collaborative Member Directory, which will include employment and contact information for all members. Please notify
Lauren Pursley if you do NOT want to be included.
Top: Collaborative members enjoy lunch and networking.
Bottom left: MHA Board Members Molly Hackett LaFauci (left) and Debra Cohen (right) pose for a picture following the meeting. 
Bottom Right: Dr. Michael Webb, Director of the new HISD Social Emotional Learning Department, presents to the collaborative.  

Mental Health E-News
One of the easiest ways to help MHA of Greater Houston is to stay informed. Reading and sharing what you know makes you a stronger mental health advocate. Learn more about the way MHA of Greater Houston is educating, training, creating awareness and shaping legislative policies as a way to address the critical and changing issues in behavioral health. Read the November 2016 e-news here. 

WRAP sessions for adolescent girls

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is used world-wide by people who are dealing with all kinds of health and life challenges. MHA of Greater Houston offers a unique opportunity for adolescent girls to participate in WRAP sessions at their school through a four or eight week program that helps them build their own personal Wellness Toolbox. A train-the-trainer model is also available. For more information on the program, download the brochure. For local program information, contact Tiffany Ross. 

Survey Invitation from the ACLU
The ACLU of Texas is committed to eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas, and is currently surveying teachers to learn about their experiences with school discipline, school safety, and school resource officers. Your answers will help inform how they continue to engage on school-to-prison pipeline issues. Complete the survey here.

Request for Proposals
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announces the release of RFP# 530180001 to solicit proposals for, Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN) Program on behalf of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. View the posting here.
Become a member or member organization and join us at the membership meeting, "What You Need to Know about the Upcoming 85th Texas Legislative Session" on January 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. You will learn about the behavioral health issues that impact all of us and how you can advocate for the mental health needs of Houston's children in Austin.  Learn more here.
#HTXMentalHealth Children's Art Contest
"How I Feel About Myself"
January 4, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Join us for the 3rd Annual #HTXMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Day (May 4), and National Children’s Mental Health Week (May 7 - May 13, 2017). Children ages 5-14 in the Greater Houston area are encouraged to submit original artwork that reflects their sense of well-being.
Rules and entry information will be emailed to schools/districts and posted to the contest website on January 4, 2016. The submission deadline is April 1, 2016. 

Winners of the #HTXMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest will receive prizes and awards, recognition at a reception in their honor, have their artwork displayed in a children’s art gallery in and also in a digital art gallery.  

Additional details regarding the contest and school participation will be announced by on the #HTXMental Health Children's Art Contest website and Facebook page.
Click here to see highlights of the 2016 contest.

For more information or to get involved, email Traci Patterson, Director of Communications
, or call 713-520-3476.
Parent & Community Advocates
The unsung heroes of the Center for School Behavioral Health Collaborative are the parent and community advocates that became active participants in the launch of our initiative four years ago. Three of the featured advocates helped create the 37 recommendations that provide the backbone of the center, and the fourth joined the Collaborative shortly after. While one of the Center's goals is to improve the lives of children struggling with their mental health, these four women fight for our children each and every day. The Center would not be where it is today without Bonnie, Gayle, Kay and Linda, and we are so grateful for all they do to support us. Click on the link below to learn more about their work with the Center and reasons for getting involved. 
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School Behavioral Health Collaborative Meeting
January 5, 2016
Lunch: 11:45 a.m
Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP Required
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School Behavioral Health School District Learning Communtiy
February 2, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP Required
Read More
Gateway Academy Transition to Adulthood Symposium
January 6, 2016
Gateway Academy
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Read More
8th Annual Psychiatry Update:
Young Minds
February 4, 2017
7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Conference Center
Read More
MHA Events
Stay up-to-date on upcoming trainings, events and conferences on the MHA Events Calendar.
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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