142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Alameda County School-Based Behavioral Health Initiative: Implementing a 3-tiered School-Based Behavioral Health Framework across 18 school districts

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Lisa Warhuus, PhD , Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, San Leandro, CA
Ellen Muir, LSCW , Children's System of Care, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency, Oakland, CA
The Alameda County School-Based Behavioral Initiative seeks to strengthen and expand school-based behavioral health practice, finance, evaluation, and policy in Alameda County, California. In partnership with school districts and service providers, and by leveraging local, State, and Federal resources, the Initiative invests over $24 million annually toward school-based behavioral health supports across 18 school districts. In 2010, the Initiative developed and evidence-based practice framework as a foundation for all of our work.

This presentation will describe this framework and how it has created a common set of tools and language that support strategic collaboration between educators, service providers, funders, and evaluators.  The following components will be described: training and technical assistance tools that engage  partners; startegies that can be used by schools, districts, and providers to target improvements in existing school-based behavioral health systems; and an evaluation design that offers stakeholders opportunities to turn results into performance improvement.  Our presentation will profile how our framework aligns with educational and public health models; describe the operational practices that support success,  and how the model has been used over the last four years to launch and sustain the work and increase access to behavioral health care.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe our evidence based framework for School-Based Behavioral Health that emphasizes the importance of prevention/promotion, early intervention, treatment and infrastructure. Explain how our framework aligns with education approaches to instruction and intervention, and how this alignment has increased support and buy-in among educators. Describe how this framework is being implemented across Alameda County, including strengths and challenges.

Keyword(s): School-Based Health, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Lisa Warhuus has 15 years of experience developing, planning, organizing, and directing health and family supports in schools. As a member of the executive leadership team with the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC), she supervises all of CHSC’s school-based behavioral health (SBBH) staff, oversees all SBBH programs provided by CHSC, and provides administrative oversight for the county-wide School-Based Behavioral Health Initiative, which provides programs, services, and technical assistance to 18 school districts.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.