Midwest Center for School Mental Health: New Partner for our School-Based Mental Health Project!
The Great Lakes MHTTC is pleased to be partnering with the Midwest Center for School-Based Mental Health. The Midwest Center was launched earlier in 2021, with goals of (1) supporting the successful adoption, integration, and implementation of evidence-based mental health services in school settings; (2) promoting equitable access to services; and (3) reducing persistent disparities in mental health outcomes for youth. The Center provides a variety of services to government entities, schools, school districts, and mental health provider agencies. Their primary services include training, technical assistance, and research/evaluation.
The Center will be using funding from the Great Lakes MHTTC to support school-based mental health services in Minnesota. Upcoming priorities include offering training and support to school-based mental health programs across the state. They will also be helping to strengthen Minnesota’s state-level work, through a project to map initiatives underway through multiple state agencies.
The Center is led by Drs. Mark Sander and Cheryl Holm-Hansen. Mark Sander, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who currently leads school-based mental health initiatives for Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Public Schools. He has an extensive history in providing, managing, and supporting school-based mental health work, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland.
Cheryl Holm-Hansen, PhD, is a community psychologist who specializes in community-based research and evaluation. She provides consulting and support to help school-based mental health programs understand community needs, develop effective services, build stronger systems, and demonstrate impact.