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2019 California PBIS Conference: Leading the Way for Positive and Equitable Schools

8:00am - October 28, 2019
Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Hyatt Regency
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2019
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October 28th-29th, 2019 (Post Conference: Oct. 30th)

We're a workshop and post-conference presenter! The theme this year is "Leading the Way for Positive and Equitable Schools." We hope to see you in our sessions on designing and implementing school mental health referral pathways.


Laying the Foundation: Optimizing Your Current Tier II-III Referral Management Approach

October 29th, 2019: 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Join us as we investigate how school mental health referral pathways improve coordination and collaboration both within schools, between school and other youth-serving agencies. Participants will gain tools to assess their readiness for implementation, key strategies and principles to build effective SMHRPs such as how to define roles and responsibilities for partnerships, information sharing procedures, and how to make intervention decisions collaboratively through a youth-engaged and equity lens.


Meeting the Need for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Tier II-III Referral Systems

October 29th: 4:00pm - 5:15pm
This session addresses cultural and linguistic considerations for building effective referral pathways to behavioral and mental health supports in schools. The session will increase understanding of disparities in mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse students; build effective strategies for referring all students to appropriate supports at school and in the community; and standardize culturally and linguistically competent practices. Tier II and Tier III Teams will be better able to refer students appropriately, leading to improved wellness and educational outcomes in schools.


Post Conference Full Day Learning Opportunity!  How Does Developing Mental Health Referral Pathways Support a PBIS Team?

October 30th: 8:00am - 3:30pm *Includes continental breakfast
Effective systems for linking students to appropriate school and community-based supports is paramount for Tier II and III teams. School behavioral/mental health referral pathways improve coordination and collaboration both within schools, between school and other youth-serving agencies; they are essential to successful PBIS design and implementation.  Building new or refining a current referral process entails assessment of school and community interventions, maintaining high functioning linkages, and ensuring accessibility to all partners. It is complex work that has high return when done thoughtfully, collaboratively, and equitably.
In this training we provide a baseline understanding of what school mental health referral pathways are and could be, and then deepen our practice by identifying and integrating practical tools to achieve culturally responsive and student-centered referral systems. Together, we investigate how Tier II and Tier III teams can both address biases that may be barriers to equitable access and successful support for students in a referral system. Additionally, we explore best practices for including student and family voice and choice in their experience of mental health referral pathways to optimize intervention procedures for students, educators, administrators and community-based practitioners.
The learning objectives for this post conference session include:

  1. Access design and implementation strategies for effective school-based referral pathway systems that match students with social, emotional, or behavioral needs to high-quality interventions.
  2. Identify areas of growth to interrupt practices and policies that create mental and behavioral health access disparities that culturally and linguistically diverse students experience and deepen understanding of how they matter.
  3. Action plan ways in which current PBIS design and implementation can increase partnership of students, families, and educators in each step of a intervention referral process.