Presentation Title

Implementing Universal Screening for Mental Health in Elementary and Middle Schools

Brief Biography

Emily Graybill, PhD, NCSP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center for Leadership in Disability at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU). Her specific interests include the delivery of training and technical assistance to schools and community agencies related to individualized positive behavior support, evaluating the implementation and sustainability of educational initiatives, and school climate for underserved populations, including youth with disabilities.

Dr. Graybill serves as Program Evaluator and Course Director for the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (GaLEND) at GSU. This year-long interdisciplinary training program prepares future professionals and advocates to provide service, support, and public policy to benefit children with autism and related disorders and their families.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

PhD

Presentation Abstract

Universal screening is a research-supported process for identifying students at risk of social, emotional, behavior, or academic challenges. Schools witnessed an increase in the implementation of universal screening for academic challenges with the introduction of Response to Intervention (RtI) in 2004 special education legislation. With the increase in the use of the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework in schools over the past 10 years, schools also have piloted universal screening for behavioral challenges. As increased federal funding is dedicated to the integration of school and community mental health services, educators are (1) examining ways to identify youth who could benefit from school-based mental health services and (2) examining the availability of school-based mental health services in their schools, districts, and larger communities.

Through this presentation, participants will learn about the use of universal screening for mental health in three PBIS school districts in Georgia. Participants will learn about resource mapping, parental consent, facilitating the screening, analyzing the screening data, and using the results to inform supports provided through a multi-tiered system of support.

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Implementing Universal Screening for Mental Health in Elementary and Middle Schools

Universal screening is a research-supported process for identifying students at risk of social, emotional, behavior, or academic challenges. Schools witnessed an increase in the implementation of universal screening for academic challenges with the introduction of Response to Intervention (RtI) in 2004 special education legislation. With the increase in the use of the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework in schools over the past 10 years, schools also have piloted universal screening for behavioral challenges. As increased federal funding is dedicated to the integration of school and community mental health services, educators are (1) examining ways to identify youth who could benefit from school-based mental health services and (2) examining the availability of school-based mental health services in their schools, districts, and larger communities.

Through this presentation, participants will learn about the use of universal screening for mental health in three PBIS school districts in Georgia. Participants will learn about resource mapping, parental consent, facilitating the screening, analyzing the screening data, and using the results to inform supports provided through a multi-tiered system of support.