Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Doctorate Degree

Presentation Abstract

This year, the Georgia General Assembly passed and the Governor signed HB 763, which requires each county’s Student Attendance Protocol Committee to include reviewing school climate as part of the committee’s responsibilities. This presentation would explain the new aspects of this law and how these committees may be leveraged to advocate for school climate reform and increased behavioral health supports. We will present an example of how a committee has successfully organized to promote school climate change. The strategies and information will empower parents and communities to access these services for their children.

GA Appleseed Staff Attorney, Terrence Wilson will take participants through the aspects of the new law and outline the requirements explain what the committee is now empowered to do. GA Appleseed Executive Director Talley Wells will then talk about the different mental and behavioral supports that are available for students for which these committees should be advocating. Chad Jones will then present on the services that are available through Georgia Apex, Project Aware, and other wraparound service providers. Judge Turner will then present the history of her pathways program and how they have successfully advocated for school climate reform in their jurisdiction.

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Promoting Behavioral Health Supports through School Attendance/Climate Committees (HB763)

This year, the Georgia General Assembly passed and the Governor signed HB 763, which requires each county’s Student Attendance Protocol Committee to include reviewing school climate as part of the committee’s responsibilities. This presentation would explain the new aspects of this law and how these committees may be leveraged to advocate for school climate reform and increased behavioral health supports. We will present an example of how a committee has successfully organized to promote school climate change. The strategies and information will empower parents and communities to access these services for their children.

GA Appleseed Staff Attorney, Terrence Wilson will take participants through the aspects of the new law and outline the requirements explain what the committee is now empowered to do. GA Appleseed Executive Director Talley Wells will then talk about the different mental and behavioral supports that are available for students for which these committees should be advocating. Chad Jones will then present on the services that are available through Georgia Apex, Project Aware, and other wraparound service providers. Judge Turner will then present the history of her pathways program and how they have successfully advocated for school climate reform in their jurisdiction.