On Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., the New Jersey School Boards Association will unveil the report of the NJSBA Task Force on Mental Health Services in the Public Schools. The event will take place at Highland Park High School, 102 North 5th Avenue, Highland Park, N.J. 08904.

After a year-long study on the status of mental health services in the public schools and the needs of students, their families and staff, NJSBA will release “Building A Foundation for Hope,” the report of the Task Force on Mental Health Services in Public Schools. The report contains over 70 recommendations and provides guidance and information to boards of education, school administrators and other public school leaders, educators, families and the communities.

There is a critical need for local school districts, the community-at-large and the state to address the issue. For example, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 50% of school-age children diagnosed with mental illnesses are not receiving mental health services.

Learn about the programs and practices that support the emotional well-being of students, prevent dangerous behaviors, intervene when a student or school community member is in crisis, and respond to events that affect the entire school community.

This program is open to all N.J. public school leaders and district staff interested in learning more about mental health issues affecting school districts. Register online today.

For more information on this program, please contact Vincent DeLucia, NJSBA Educator-in-Residence.