Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 2.8.17

 

 

 

The Center for School Behavioral Health’s Advocacy Task Force is focused on legislative awareness, participation, education and empowerment. We are thrilled by your involvement and support during the 85th legislative session.

Sincerely,

Betsy Blanks

Rebecca Fowler

Annalee Gulley

Janet Pozmantier

Lauren Pursley

 

AWARENESS: FIGHTING MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

Children’s Art Contest

Join the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston as we host the Third Annual Children’s Art Contest! This year’s theme is “How I feel about myself.” The contest is open to children ages 5 to 14 in the Greater Houston area and pieces are accepted until April 1, 2017.

For more details, please contact Communications Director Traci Patterson at tpatterson@mhahouston.org or visit the contest’s website here.

 

PARTICPATION: PROMOTE MHA OF GREATER HOUSTON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Planning Committee

We are currently planning a day of advocacy at the State Capitol in Austin next month and we need your help! Our first planning committee meeting will be held next Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Mental Health America of Greater Houston at 2211 Norfolk #810 Houston, Texas 77098. Please RSVP by emailing Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org.

 

EDUCATION: IMPORTANCE  OF LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

We have been invigorated by the level of engagement from people across the political spectrum in regards to Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education. It is important to keep in mind only eight percent of a district’s funding comes from the federal dollars from the US Department of Education. While it is vital to stay informed on policies occurring nationally, it is more critical to be informed on what is happening on your local school board. The Houston Independent School District Board of Education meets tomorrow, February 9th, at 5:00 pm. For more details, click here

Per Texas law, all school board meetings must be publicly posted so to find when other districts have their meetings simply visit the school district’s web site.

 

EMPOWERMENT: TAKE ACTION IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Issues Assembly

Since 2012, ONE Houston has hosted over 60 house meetings across the greater Houston area to determine the educational equity issues most prevalent and pervasive to the Houston community. You can learn more about their accomplishments on their website. On February 16th, the organization will host an Issues Assembly to gather students, parents, community leaders, and local education advocates  to vote on the top-three education issues that our greater-Houston community needs to address. This is a great opportunity to put school behavioral health in the forefront of our local advocacy efforts. During our first House Meeting, we discussed our personal stories around school behavioral health, determining the platform we will advocate for at the February 16th assembly.  We will host a second House Meeting tomorrow, February 9th, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Mental Health America of Greater Houston at 2211 Norfolk #810 Houston, Texas 77098. To RSVP please email Betsy Blanks at bblanks@mhahouston.org

 

ACTION ITEM OF THE WEEK

Let’s grow our team! Share this newsletter with two friends and challenge them to do the same! This update will also be posted on our Facebook page and you can share it through there.

 

If you are interested in joining our Rapid Response Team (RRT), please email Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org