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1 Tennessee Schools and Mental Health Systems Integration Grant Final Report TCCY Childrens Mental Health Council Meeting February 17, 2011 Sara A. Smith, State CSH Coordinator Office of Coordinated School Health Tennessee Department of Education

2 MH Grant Goal Increase student access to mental health care by developing innovative approaches that link school systems with local mental health/juvenile justice systems.

3 MH Grant Implementation Partner Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Community Mental Health Center served as grant project director. OCSH served as grant project officer. VU staff: Michael Cull Rene Love Sheryl Margolis Ashley Smith Tim Stambaugh

4 MH Grant Partners - TDOE OCSH – Sara Smith Director of Counseling – Nicole Cobb Safe and Supportive Schools – Mike Herrmann Division of Special Education – Linda Copas

5 MH Grant Partners – State Level Inter-Agency Partners: Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - Office of Special Populations & Minority Services Tennessee Department of Childrens Services – Juvenile Justice Division Additional State Partners/State Committee Members: Community Mental Health Providers Governors Office on Childrens Care Coordination School System Representatives

6 MH Grant Partners – State Level Additional State Partners/State Committee Members: Select Committee on Children and Youth Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Tennessee PTA Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Tennessee Voices for Children Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

7 MH Grant Objectives #1 Develop state and local mental health guidelines/policies #2 Provide professional mental health training to all school staff #3 Develop comprehensive local school system linkage protocols (MOUs)

8 MH Grant Process Develop State TDOE MH Guidelines Vanderbilt staff developed guidelines based on input from Schools and MH Policy Centers at UCLA and U of Maryland. State MH grant Advisory Committee provided guidance TN State Board of Education approved MH Guidelines in July State guidelines used as model for LEAs to develop local policy/guidelines

9 MH Grant Process Develop Local LEA MH Policy/Guidelines Provide Mental Health 101 training to all school staff Create MOUs with community providers 14 Regional Trainings were held statewide MH 101 PP developed for local use Samples of policies and MOUs were provided Diverse teams worked together to create an action plan Technical assistance provided after training

10 MH Grant Outcomes Grant Goals Number of LEAs Before Grant (N=112) Number of LEAs After Grant (N=112) Percent of all LEAs (N=134) MOUs signed between schools and community MH providers and/or child serving agencies % Faculty/Staff MH Training % MH Policy/Guidelines %

11 Additional MH Grant Outcomes Improved Communication (N=112) Between school staff and in-house LEA MH staff Community Mental Health Agencies DCS Juvenile Justice 86% 85% 71% 62%

12 Additional MH Grant Outcomes MH Resources Increased in Schools (N=112) LEA has provided additional MH resources/ or is in the planning stages to add resources Partnering with Community Mental Health Agencies to provide more services LEA MH staff have more time to provide counseling services 58 LEAs 24 LEAs 20 LEAs

13 Additional MH Grant Outcomes MH Resources Increased in Schools (N=112) Using a mobile van to provide mental health services for students LEA hired new mental health employees (counselors, social workers, school psychologists). 3 LEAs 15 LEAs

14 Additional MH Grant Outcomes 92% of team leaders report their mental health team plans to continue to meet after the grant period concludes. 83% of team leaders reported that the cooperation and leadership with Coordinated School Health positively or significantly impacted the process and outcomes of the project.

15 Tennessee Coordinated School Health In Action

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17 Tennessee Office of CSH Contacts Dr. Rebecca Johns-WommackSara Smith Executive DirectorState Coordinator Jerry SwaimMark Bloodworth Fiscal and Data SpecialistHIV Education Consultant Monica ORourkeSusan Holmes PE/PA ConsultantAdministrative Assistant


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