A Focus on Policy
We are pleased to report that the initial response to our
policy survey of state departments has been excellent. Over the
next couple of months, we will analyze findings state-by-state,
summarize them in an upcoming newsletter, and share them over
the Internet. Subsequently, we will draft a series of working
recommendations in consultation with identified reform leaders
and others currently involved in reshaping relevant national and
state policies (e.g., those concerned with school reform, initiatives
to integrate health and human services, the special education
inclusion movement). The recommendations will stress ways for
states to improve their approach to addressing the multitude of
mental health and psychosocial problems found in schools through
relatively modest adaptations of their current reform efforts.
We envision this as encompassing policy, infrastructure, and operational
shifts related to Goals 2000 and the Improve America's Schools
Act and with respect to the various initiatives for integrating
health and human services and enhancing their linkage to schools.
As recommendations are established, we will recontact groups currently involved in reshaping relevant national and state policies and work with them to see that the recommendations are woven into their efforts and are acted upon. This will include providing essential training and technical support. In the process, we will highlight possible new structures for professional development (e.g., school-community-university coalitions, professional-to-professional and agency-to-agency networks, informal collaborations, self-study groups). We will also help clarify factors that must be addressed to avoid serious slippage between policy and effective collaborative action.
School Mental Health Project-UCLA
WebMaster: Perry Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org)