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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
11:30 a.m. ET

Building a framework for developing a comprehensive school-based mental health program

In 1995 to 1997, a seminal study found a strong correlation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the development of risk factors for disease and well-being through the lifespan. Other studies have shown that almost 35 million children have been exposed to or have experienced some form of violence, neglect, or other childhood trauma at least once in their childhood. Researchers have asserted that the impact of childhood trauma is a hidden American health crisis, and this impact has lifelong implications and is the greatest health issue facing our generation today.

It is important for school systems to begin early mental health services to help address serious mental illness and the emotional and behavioral needs of the students and their families. A comprehensive school-based mental health program is vital and can be implemented to support the mental health needs of students, address serious emotional disturbance, reduce suspension and truancy, and positively impact academic success. We will share a mental health framework for schools that has been proven to be effective and successful in helping students to manage their mental health challenges and achieve academic success.

Learning Objectives

  1. To provide a framework and mental health resources for schools that will support students’ needs and academic success.
  2. To provide a road map for the evaluation, planning, implementation, and sustainability of a school-based mental health services program, while also addressing challenges and barriers to implementation.


Dr. Deborah E. Purge, Center Manager for Dallas ISD

Dr. Tracey Brown (Lead Presenter), Executive Director of Mental Health Services for Dallas ISD

Dr. Annmarie Perez, Psy.D., L.P., Mental Health Services (MHS) Quality Assurance Manager for Dallas ISD