Mental Health Summit

Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location:  Show map
The Fox Hollow
7755 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797

Preregistration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: $175*

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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)
Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA)
New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP)
New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
New York State PTA (NYSPTA)
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.

Thursday March 15
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Fox Hollow, Woodbury


Thursday, March 15

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:00 - 9:45 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: Mandy Habib, Psy.D., Co-Director, Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment &Training, School of Social Work, Adelphi University
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 - 11:00 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: Maryann Braithwaite, LCSW-R, Associate Director for Children & Youth Services, Office of Mental Health, Long Island Office

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. 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: John Kelly, Ph.D., School Psychologist, President, National 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
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: How will Schools Meet the Forthcoming Mental Health Education Requirement?
Starting next September, the health curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students in New York will need to include a mental health component. Local districts will be in charge of creating their own curriculum to teach students to recognize signs of mental illness, whether in themselves or in friends and family. They’ll also learn about the help available for people dealing with mental illness and how to gain access to it.
Donna M. Bradbury, MA, LMHC, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families, Office of Mental Health
John Kelly, Ph.D. School Psychologist, Commack UFSD and President, National Association of School Psychologists
Renee Rider, Associate Commissioner for the Office of School Operations and Management Services, NYS Education Department
John Richter, Director of Public Policy, MHANYS
Moderator: Tim Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 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: Caroline Axelrod Mendel, Psy.D., Associate Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute 
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 - 2:30 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 the strategies 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: Renée Rider, Associate Commissioner for the Office of School Operations and Management Services, NYS Education Department

C.    Policy Advocacy Strategies
Currently, state policies and the funding resources they provide for mental health services operate in silos. This makes 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
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:30 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
3:30 p.m. Adjourn


*Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline, which is one week prior to the event. No-shows will be billed at the full registration fee.

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.


Continuing Teacher and Leader Education:
CTLE credit is available from NYSSBA for participation in this event.

Need a room for the Summit? Rooms are available at The Inn at Fox Hollow, 7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797.  The Summit will take place at The Fox Hollow. The Inn and conference facility are separate buildings on the same lot.

To reserve a room for the night of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the group rate of $189, call the Inn’s Reservation Department at 1-800-291-8090. The room rate includes a dinner buffet from 6-7:30 p.m. on March 14 and an All-American Breakfast Buffet on March 15 from 6-9:30 a.m.
The room block will be held until February 21, 2018. 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 February 21, 2018.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold reservations unless secured by a major credit card. The hotel is unable to accept purchase orders to reserve accommodations.
For payment by district check, send the check, a copy of the tax exempt form and confirmation(s) to the hotel at least 10 days prior to the arrival date. The hotel will not apply check payments that have not cleared the financial institution. If a balance is due upon check-in, a credit card will be needed for method of payment.
All individuals are required to present a credit card upon check-in for a $50 per day incidental hold. Any unused funds will be released upon departure. Please be advised that funds secured on a debit card may take three to 10 business days to be released from your card holder’s financial institution.
Tax Exemption
Hotels will not honor tax exempt status for charges paid by personal credit card. For those paying with district credit cards, tax can be removed upon receipt of a signed exemption certificate (NYS Department of Taxation and Finance ST-129) presented at check-in. If a form is not presented at check-in, taxes will remain.
Lodging Before or After Conference Dates
Should you need lodging prior to or after March 14, those arrangements can be made separately. You can reserve online. Availability, prevailing rate and property policies will apply.
Complimentary surface lots are available for self-parking at the Inn and conference facility.
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