Welcome to our Monthly Update

The Center for School Behavioral Health is off to a running start. It has been an exciting eight months since the Center's inception. We began the 2016-2017 school year with record breaking attendance at the School Behavioral Health Collaborative meeting in September, and then sold out the first annual conference, Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma.

The Center wants to ensure that every child-serving professional, advocate and parent in the greater Houston-area has access to the learning opportunities, best-practices, and information from the Center and our partners in the field.

In this update, you will find information regarding meetings, resources, and trainings, and events from Collaborative members. We will also feature a Collaborative member organization in each update to help the greater Houston community learn about the child-serving behavioral health organizations in our area. We hope you enjoy our first update. Visit the Center's website to learn more about our work or contact Betsy Blanks at


On Friday, October 21, nearly 350 Texas educators, community advocates and mental health professionals gathered at the Region IV Education Service Center for the sold-out conference, Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma.

Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Dr. Marleen Wong from the USC School of Social Work and Steve Graner from Child Trauma Academy, 16 breakout sessions by local experts on a variety of trauma-related topics, and an interactive conference app that allowed participants to engage in all aspects of the presentations.
Attendees participate in a classroom-friendly breathing (pranayama), meditation and mindfulness exercise led by Dr. Elizabeth B. Reese, Founder and CEO, Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® (YYY)
Center for School Behavioral Health Trainings
Did you know that MHA offers a multitude of behavioral health related trainings, such as Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, Youth Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Aging, and more? Read more about the Center's youth-related trainings. 
Article and Resources from The University of Texas at Austin Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
How do you Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Central Texas?
MHA Events
Stay up-to-date on upcoming trainings, events and conferences on the MHA Events Calendar.

Resource from the Anti-Defamation League
Talking with Young People After the Election

Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
Guidance for Reinforcing Safe, Supportive and Positive School Environments for All Students
Click here for complete staff bios.
Full-time Staff
Janet Pozmantier
Betsy Blanks
Professional Development Manager
Part-time Staff
Annalee Gulley
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
Ann McCoy
Director of Impact and Program Evaluation
Lauren Pursley
Program Coordinator
Instead of featuring a collaborative member, we thought it important to first introduce you to our organization. Mental Health America of Greater Houston, established in 1954 by philanthropist Ima Hogg, is the area’s longest serving mental health education and advocacy organization focused on shaping the mental health of people and communities in the areas of children and education, integrated health care, chronic illnesses, women, suicide prevention, veterans and aging. The Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston was launched in March this year after the organization received a generous grant from the Houston Endowment. 
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School Behavioral Health School District Learning Community
December 1, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP Required
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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
Read More
Texas Equity Summit
December 8 & 9, 2016
12/8: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
12/9: 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Region IV Education Service Center
Read More
Gateway Academy Transition to Adulthood Symposium
January 6, 2016
Gateway Academy
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Read More
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 include your events, resources and organization in the update. 

Annalee Gulley, MHA's Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, was featured in an article about mental health funding in the upcoming legislative session.
An MHA feature publication, The Advocate highlights the work from the various departments at MHA and addresses  relevant issues and topics in behavioral health. Read The Advocate Here.

Summer/Fall 2016 Issue Features: 
7 Ways Mental Health is Changing in Houston • Pearls of Wisdom Highlights • School Behavioral Health Initiative Milestones • The Center for School Behavioral Health • Children’s Mental Health Art Contest • Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma • The Center for School Behavioral Health • BridgeUp at Menninger
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