Summit: Your Role in Addressing the Growing Mental Health Crisis Among Students

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Show map
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Latham, NY 12110

Price: $35

Pre-Registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Your Role in Addressing the Growing Mental Health Crisis Among Students

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
Is proud to host this summit in cooperation with
Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS)
New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP)
New York State PTA (NYSPTA)
New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Rural Schools Association of New York State (RSA)
School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS)


Our public school students depend on it.

Join the conversation about the mental health issues impacting our students.  Share everyday challenges with educators, parents, school staff and mental health professionals.  Discuss what improvements can be made to identify and treat mental health issues.  Learn what school boards can do to create solutions through training, partnerships and advocacy strategies that benefit schools, communities, students and families.

Saturday, May 20
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Latham


Saturday, May 20

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Morning Address:  Mental Health Needs and Schools 
This session provides an overview of mental health issues in schools and related issues such as adverse childhood experiences.
Speaker:  Dr. Katharine H. Briar-Lawson, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Small Group Discussions:   Getting Help
A.    Everyday Challenges: Why Parents, Educators and Other School Staff members, and community based mental health professionals must start communicating and working together.
Often, mental health needs are not detected because the important people in the lives of students do not communicate or have the expertise to identify possible symptoms of a mental health need. This session will assist participants to begin discussions on how to make mental health awareness a priority.
Facilitator:  Dr. Gayle Simidian, Research Analyst, NYSSBA

B.    Children and Youth who Fall through the Cracks: The Basics of Building School-based, Early Detection and Rapid Response Systems 
Early detection and intervention of mental health needs are essential, and this depends on an education workforce with mental health awareness. This discussion will provide participants with a space to share lessons learned about skill-building, prevention and intervention initiatives as well as training developments.
Facilitator: Dr. John Garruto, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, President-Elect, New York Association of School Psychologists

C.    Getting Started with Planning: What School Boards, Superintendents, and Principals Need to Talk About and Prioritize Now
Schools need improved systems for mental health identification and treatment. Districtwide communication and consistent, aligned strategies are practical necessities, which start with district teams that are ready to assume leadership roles.  This discussion will help participants identify districtwide planning needs.
Facilitator:  Barry Entwistle, Director of Member Relations, NYSSBA
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Full Group Discussion:  Mapping Resources, Bridging School and Community Boundaries, and Identifying Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities
This full group session will weave together your experiences, comments and suggestions from the morning sessions to lay the groundwork for our afternoon discussions which will focus on the how of implementing effective change to support students’ needs.
Facilitator:  Dr. Stephen O. Jambor, President, The Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Address:  Getting Started: Developing School-linked, Comprehensive Support Systems for Students, Educators, and Families
This session provides a framework for coordinating and maximizing school and community resources that benefit students, educators and other school employees, parents, and mental health service providers.
Speaker:  Dr. Hal A. Lawson, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and Social Welfare, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Albany, SUNY
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Small Group Discussions: From Research to Practice and Policy
A.    Professional Development Needs & Strategies
Teacher education programs often don’t provide adequate skills or training in mental health. Yet, it is especially important that superintendents, teachers, principals and school staff have these skills. This session will foster discussion about what these professional development needs are and what strategies are needed to provide them.
Facilitator: Karen Bronson, Director of Professional Development, SAANYS

B.    Place-based Partnership Development Strategies 
School districts that are understaffed in mental health services confront a growing crisis.  Educators must look beyond the school to community-based and county-supported mental health service providers to provide effective assistance. This session is structured to help participants develop these solid partnerships.
Facilitator: Dr. Gretchen Rymarchyk, Deputy Director, Rural Schools Association of New York State

C.    Policy Advocacy Strategies
Currently, state policies and the funding resources they provide for mental health services are silo-like, which make it challenging to design school-linked mental health service systems.  This session is structured to help participants learn how to navigate the current policy system and develop strategies for policy improvements that benefit schools, community mental health agencies, students, and families.
Facilitator: John Richter, Director of Public Policy, MHANYS
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Full Group Discussion:  Next Steps in the New Agenda for Promoting Children’s Mental Health and  Social/Emotional Wellbeing
This wrap-up discussion will define the new agenda for promoting child and adolescent mental health and social and emotional well-being.
Facilitator: Kenneth Slentz, Superintendent, Skaneateles Central School District
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Cost: $35

Recognition Program:
All NYSSBA member school boards are eligible for recognition in this program.  Credit will accrue for listed events and activities for individuals serving on a NYSSBA member board.
Board members will earn 20 points for attending the NYSSBA Summit.
Click here for more information.


Hotel Information: The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Latham, 400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 518.783.6161. Based on availability, rates for Friday, May 19, 2017 will range from $119 to $170. Request group code SBA.

Hotels will not honor tax exempt status for charges paid by personal credit card. For those paying with tax exempt corporate credit cards, tax can be removed at hotel check-in with presentation of a signed exemption certificate.

The room block will be held until April 26, 2017. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date, at prevailing room rates, subject to availability. Dependent upon demand, rooms may become unavailable prior to April 26, 2017.

All parking is complimentary.
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