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School MH Best Practices 'Always and Now' Learning Series Module 7: Funding and Sustainability

10:00am - May 11, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Collaborating TTC: Global MHTTC Mid-America MHTTC Southeast MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 11, 2021
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About the Learning Session:

The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part training series using the National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules for States, Districts, and Schools. This resource was developed by the MHTTC Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) and aims to help states, districts and schools advance comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process for implementation. 

Module 7: Funding and Sustainability includes the definition of school mental health funding and sustainability and opportunities to secure and leverage diverse funding sources and to sustain successful school mental health systems.

  • Each session in the series includes a pre-session video, live panel session, and post-session regional breakout.
  • Access the pre-session video for Module 7: Funding and Sustainability HERE. Please watch the video PRIOR to the live session. The purpose of watching the pre-session video is to familiarize yourself with the content for Module 7.
  • Live sessions consist of a discussion with a small panel of education and mental health leaders from across the country (including a member from the National Center for School Mental Health team) who will provide an “always and now” application of the module and innovative ideas for implementation, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on school mental health.
  • The post-session Regional Breakout sessions are intended for participants to have an informal discussion regarding content from the live session, contextualized for their specific region. Access to the Regional Breakout sessions will be provided to all participants during the live sessions.

To learn more about the National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules and gain access to the COMPLETE resource, click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 2021, the MHTTC Network and National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) changed the title of the National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools to the new title 'National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules for States, Districts, and Schools.'

Session Panelists:

lynn headshotDr. Lynn Beshear graduated from the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston Salem, N.C. She has worked with groups of students and adults in prejudice reduction and diversity, having received training from the National Coalition Building Institute. She previously served on the Initiating Committee for Envision 2020: the community-driven strategic planning effort involving citizens and leaders in the central Alabama counties for the purpose of developing and implementing shared goals to improve the quality of life in the River Region through the use of active partnerships. She served as the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health from 2017-2020.



wilk headshotAshley Harris (she/her) is the Georgia Department of Education’s Director of Whole Child Supports and Strategic Partnerships, a role created to cement the Department’s shift toward a common framework of improvement with the whole child at the center. Harris leads the Department’s efforts to address students’ wellbeing in the learning process, address the non-academic factors that impact student achievement, and maximize educational opportunities for students. Prior to her current role, Harris served as Director of Partnerships and Community Education for Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office, and as an Accountability Specialist for the Technical College System of Georgia, overseeing program evaluation for twenty-two state technical colleges. She has more than 15 years of experience in education administration, beginning in higher education and progressing to her current work in K-12.


harris headshotDr. Wilk is a health economist and a health policy researcher at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health in the Health Policy and Management Department. He has 15 years of experience in Medicaid consulting, technical assistance, and research. Dr. Wilk's research focuses on access to care for low-income and underserved populations, particularly those with chronic illnesses, and state financing and policy related to providers’ operations and care.