Harris County Behavioral Health Task Force Offers New Recommendations Prioritizing Emotional and Behavioral Health In Schools

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013

Harris County Behavioral Health Task Force Offers New Recommendations
Prioritizing Emotional and Behavioral Health In Schools

 

 What:            
Mental Health America of Greater Houston and members of the Harris County School Behavioral Health Initiative will announce in a press conference new attainable and needed recommendations that prioritize emotional and behavioral health in Harris County area schools. 
 
Why:             
Due to recent national tragedies, renewed attention has been given to the importance of meeting the behavioral health needs of children and youths.  About half of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14, making mental illnesses “the chronic disorders of the young.” These medical conditions can result in significant functional impairments that can affect both home and school activities. Youths with behavioral health issues may experience challenges such as academic underachievement, criminal justice involvement and even suicide. The recommendations will clearly establish both the urgent need for, and the advantages of, a paradigm shift on the part of the education and behavioral health systems. **Harris County is currently home to approximately 525,761 children ages 9-17. About 105,152, of these children have a mental illness or addictive disorder; and at least 5%, or 26,288, have a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).
 
When:                       
Thursday, February 14, 2013
10:00 am

Where:          
Lamar High School – Library
3325 Westheimer Houston, TX 77098
 
Who:             
Gwen Emmett, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Board of Directors

Andrea Hinckson Usanga, Mental Health America of Greater Houston,
      Director of Policy and Government Relations

Dr. Linda Macias, Cy-Fair ISD, Associate Superintendent
      for Curriculum & Instruction and Accountability

Dr. James McSwain, Houston ISD, Lamar High School Principal

Trish King, ChildBuilders, Executive Director

Angelina Hudson, Parent

Emily Pyle, Student
 
Contact:          Traci Patterson, Director of Communications
tpatterson@mhahouston.org  or 713-520-3476 – direct
 

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