UW SMART Series Session 1: An Interconnected Systems Framework: School Mental Health & MTSS

The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center School Mental Health Team will be presenting at the first Virtual AWSP & WASA Conference 2021!

When: June 15th (8:30am - 10:30am)

Session Description:

This session will provide school and district leaders information they need to know about a step-by-step process to build a trauma-informed single system of delivery in which education and mental health systems are integrated across tiers of support with multi-disciplinary teams using data to implement one continuum of evidence-based behavior/mental health practices. The Interconnected System Framework (ISF) is a structure and process for creating a comprehensive system of social, emotional, and behavioral supports and moving school mental health from a co-located approach to an integrated approach. Key messages of ISF will be shared which include a single system of delivery, mental health wellness as a protective factor, measuring impact as opposed to access, and using the MTSS framework to guide an integrated approach. This session will also provide information on selecting and implementing evidence-based school mental health interventions, working with community-based organizations, and universal screening. We will also provide an overview of existing resources for accessing additional training and technical assistance support for MTSS in Washington.

About The Presenters:

Portrait of Kelcey Schmitz

Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd, is the School Mental Health Director for the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) at the University of Washington School Mental Health, Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center. Kelcey has been involved in many Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) efforts providing training, coaching, and evaluation to schools, districts, families and community organizations to support the social, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students within an MTSS framework. She brings extensive experience leading state-wide MTSS efforts. Kelcey has a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas.




Susan Barrett headshotSusan Barrett, MA, serves as a Director for the Center for Social Behavior Supports Center (CSBS) at Old Dominion University and an Implementer Partner with the U.S. National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). She assists with large-scale implementation of PBIS; partners with researchers to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff, and school communities; and serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She also co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of PBIS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.

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Starts: Jun 15, 2021 8:30 am
Ends: Jun 15, 2021 10:30 am
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