The Pennsylvania Youth Mental Health Summit is a one-day summit gathering school-based and community mental health professionals, youth, policy makers, and other vested partners to dialogue, shared, and lead in addressing Pennsylvania's growing mental health crisis and barrier to student access to care.
Through a series of panels, breakout sessions, and speakers, the summit will identify key areas of policy reform, effective practices, and networks of support for students in and beyond the walls of school and across a lifetime.
PSCA will be collecting a minimum $25 donation from each attendee for the Pennsylavnia Mental Health Summit. All donations will be sent to Aevidum; for more information about their mission, please visit their website: Learn More About Aevidum
|Breakfast & Registration||8:30am-9:00am||Sponsored by Milton Hershey School|
Keynote: Mandy Savitz-Romer, PhD
|9:00am-10:15am||The Kids Are Not Alright: Building Support Systems that Meet Them Where They Are
Mandy Savitz-Romer, PhD
Mental Health Screening
Michael Donovan, MA, MBA
Stephen Sharp, MEd
This discussion will focus on mental health screenings for adolescents in the K-12 school system. Through applied research, cross-sector partnerships and practical applications, practioners will discuss why having mental health screening (or mood screenings) in K-12 schools makes a difference when helping children who might be struggling and getting them the resources they need to succeed.
Setting Contect for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
|10:30am-11:15am||Treatment Transitions Back to School: Best Practices
Jennifer Kirk, M.Ed., School Counselor
Students are participating in more intensive mental health treatments requiring extended absences from school at a higher level than in the past. Thus, it is imperative to create a culture of collaboration between treatment teams and school teams to ensure a positive school environment upon re-entry. This includes the development and refinement of re-entry plans, procedures and meeting structures that engage all educational partners, most importantly, the student. Please join us to learn more about best practices for student re-entry from extended mental health treatment.
Student Mental Health Panel
Aevidum is an organization that empowers youth to shatter the silence surrounding depression, suicide, and other issues facing teens. The word Aevidum, which means “I’ve got your back,” was created by students after a classmate died by suicide. Aevidum inspires schools and communities to adopt cultures of care and advocacy, encouraging all members to have their friends’ backs. Aevidum exists in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the nation. Youth will share their insights and experiences in creating healing, smashing stigma and leading schools to say, “I’ve got your back.”
|Lunch & Legislative Priorities for Youth Mental Health||12:15pm-1:15pm||
Lunch Sponsored by Milton Hershey School
12:30pm-1:00pm Legislative Priorities for Youth Mental Health
Cindy Urban, MPA, Executive Director, PA Senate Ed Committee
Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Cahir, Mental Health Caucus
Key policymakers will discuss essential issues in supporting student mental health and access to care.
Rural Schools and Students - Understanding Key Health Indicators Through Data Visualizations
United for Resiliency: How United Way Impacts Trauma-Informed Care and Youth Mental Health
Beth Tomlinson, Senior Director of Community Resilience
Amanda McNaughton, Member Services Manager of United Way of Pennsylvania
Violence-Prevention Training for Students: A Tool for Fostering Upstanders and Positive School Culture
Blair Freedman, Senior Director - West Region, Sandyhook Promise
Individuals at risk of harming themselves or others, often show warning signs before an act of harm or violence takes place. Knowing how to recognize these signs and what to do next, means we can prevent harmful outcomes and also get people help when they need it most. Research has proven Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs effectively teach youth and adults how to prevent school violence, shootings, and other harmful acts. Attendees will learn more about the positive impact of violence-prevention training on students, Sandy Hook Promise’s training footprint in Pennsylvania, and policy efforts to ensure all students receive quality violence-prevention training in school.
System of Care, What is it and will it work for you?
Practicing Culturally Responsive Mental Health Supports at the Intersections of Sexual and Racial Identity
Integrating School Mental Health into a MTSS Framework
Learn how one school took an integrative approach to aligning PBIS, SEL, and SMH into the MTSS Model, known as an Interconnected Systems Framework, to promote prevention and wellness of the whole child. Attendees will understand how to initiate and begin to develop a process to integrate these systems into one framework and will leave with tips and strategies to sustain this single data-driven framework.
State Agencies Panel
Stacie Molnar-Main, EdD, PDE’s Office for Safe Schools
Brittany Lourea-Waddell, PhD, NCSP, PAIU Social Emotional Wellness Lead
Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP, OMHSAS
Erica Kaurudar, DEd, NCSP, PATTAN PBIS
Chanda Telleen, EdS, PATTAN PBIS