2nd Annual Growing School-Based Mental Health Summit

About Featured Speaker Elizabeth Connors

Dr. Elizabeth Connors is an Assistant Professor of psychiatry in the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry Center for School Mental Health.  Dr. Connors provides training, technical assistance, and evaluation supports to mental health agencies, schools, districts and behavioral health systems at local, state and national levels. Dr. Connors is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a school-based mental health clinician and supervisor in numerous Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds a Ph.D. in child-clinical/community psychology.

Dr. Connors will speak to best practices in five key areas of school-based mental health quality; 1) multi-disciplinary teaming and collaboration, 2) needs assessment and resource mapping, 3) universal mental health screening, 4) evidence-based services and supports and 5) evidence-based implementation. Specific examples of innovation and excellence from other states will be highlighted to illustrate the possibilities. A free, web-based resource to help schools and districts assess the quality and sustainability of their multi-tiered systems of support will be provided to help teams get started. A brief introduction to Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to support rapid cycle improvement and innovation in any of the five key areas of school mental health quality will be provided.

2nd Annual Growing School-Based Mental Health Summit

Tuesday, June 13th

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Wisconsin Dells


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8:30       NETWORKING SESSION – Join us to learn about best practices.


Best Practices & Innovation in School-Based Mental Health  Elizabeth Connors

12:00     LUNCH

1:00       BREAKOUT SESSION #1  

Data Driven Decision Making in School-Based Mental Health  Elizabeth Connors

Breaking Down Barriers to Mental and Behavioral Health in Schools  Lisa Adams-Qualls, Kristin Latus, Jenny Miller, and Gretchen Huletz

It Takes a Village: Community Collaboration in School-Based Mental Health Services  Amanda Popovich, Scott Griffiths, Amy Severson, Greta Blancarte, and Jessica Bigboy


2:15       BREAKOUT SESSION #2

Exploring Funding Strategies in Expanded School-Based Mental Health  Armando Hernández, Heidi Schmidt, and Wendy Neyhard

Coalition Advocacy and the DPI School Mental Health Budget Ask: What’s in it for you?  Linda Hall and Monica Wightman

In the Trenches: A Look at School-Based Therapy  Megan Sommers, Kristine Sack, Kelsey Siegel, and Tom Kaufman

3:15       FINAL THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS  Armando Hernández, Assistant Director of Integrated Health, Madison Metropolitan School District.

4:00       ADJOURN

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is located at 1305 Kalahari Dr. in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  Hotel reservation phone line: (608) 254-5466.  We would like to thank the Innovative Practice  & Comprehensive Model Committee and Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin members, with special thanks to Elizabeth Pease of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for exceptional and thorough work in organizing the 2nd Annual Growing School-Based Mental Health Summit.