State Representative Garnet Coleman Meets with School Behavioral Health Learning Community Participants

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Educators, school officials and professionals representing youth-serving organizations attended MHA of Greater Houston’s School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) Learning Community Meeting on March 3, which featured a forum with State Representative Garnet Coleman. During his presentation, Coleman discussed plans to address children’s mental health within the State Interim Committee on Mental Health and his advocacy efforts to ensure fair insurance coverage for those living with mental illnesses.

Representative Coleman is a longtime supporter of legislation that supports mental health interventions and his efforts were integral in the enactment of Senate Bill 460 (SB 460) during the 2013 Legislative Session. SB 460 mandates training for public school teachers in the detection and education of students at risk for suicide and other mental or emotional disorders. SB 460 also requires the inclusion of mental health concerns in coordinated school health efforts.

Representative Coleman is a senior ranking member of the Public Health Committee, serves as Chairman of the County Affairs Committee and is a member of the Select Committee on Mental Health.

For more information about the SBHI Learning Community, contact SBHI Manager Janet Pozmantier at sbhmanager@mhahouston.org.

The School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) Learning Community provides an opportunity for school districts to assess their own student behavioral health efficacy, learn from local models, share best practices, and set and achieve quality goals for improving the scope and delivery of services.  Whether new to the work of school mental health or a “veteran,” the SBHI Learning Community enables all school districts to build relationships with colleagues and gain insight on enterprising ideas for systems change.