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May 2017 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the May 10, 2017 meeting of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup.

Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup Meeting

Sierra Health Foundation
1321 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833

May 10, 2017



Work Group Members
  • Steven Adelsheim
  • Ahmad Bahrami
  • Cheryl Bodger
  • Cecilia Chen
  • Susan Coats
  • Nazima Creason
  • Gordon Doughty
  • Rachael Gonzales
  • Daniela Guarnizo
  • Marcel Harris
  • Kathleen Jack
  • Shashank Joshi
  • Diane Lampe
  • Jeffrey Layland
  • Dean Lesicko
  • Mike Lombardo
  • Daniel McCarthy
  • Salina Mendoza
  • Michael Millman
  • Marlon Morgan
  • George Muriel
  • Margaret Murray
  • William Porter
  • William Powers
  • Kathy Rabun
  • Diana Rivera-Beltran
  • Amber Rowlands
  • Rusty Selix
  • Nancy Shae
  • Brad Strong
  • Christine Tippett
  • Terri Villa-McDowell
Public Members
  • Jeremiah Aja
  • Lucia Alfaro
  • Nicole Duggan
  • Elizabeth Estes
  • Elzena Hayes
  • April Jones
  • Kathleen Larson
  • Danielle Molé
  • Alicia Rozum
  • Rumi Nozul
  • Sara Geierstanger
  • Michael Furlong
  • Heather Nemour
  • Meagan O’Malley
  • Dawn Greene
  • Kristen Garcia
  • Laura Mooiman
  • Shannon Church
  • Cristina Dobon Claveau
  • Nena Garcia
  • Marty Giffin
  • Kai LeMasson
  • Alexander Sasha Sidorkin
  • Melissa DiScala
California Department Education Staff
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson
  • Hilva Chan
  • Deborah Franklin
  • Margarita Garcia
  • Barbara Pomerantz
  • Sara Geierstanger
  • Cheryl Bodger
  • Jeffery Layland
  • Mara Madrigal-Weiss
  • Megan O’Malley
  • Michael Furlong
  • Brad Strong
  • Terri Villa McDowell
  • Hilva Chan
  • Dan McCarthy
  • Megan Murray
  • Shashank Joshi
Welcome and Introductions
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson: Opened the meeting at 10:06 a.m. Welcomed those present and asked Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (SMHPW) members and public members to introduce themselves.
Approval of Minutes
  • Dan McCarthy, Member: Moved to accept the February 14, 2017, meeting minutes. Kathy Rabun, Member, seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Review of Goals of Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson: Reviewed the goals of the SMHPW, stating that the purpose of the SMHPW is to recommend mental health policies that help answer the needs of California’s students.
Update: Assembly Bill 2246 and Model Suicide Prevention Policies
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson: Announced that the work group’s Model Suicide Prevention Policy was approved by the California Department of Education (CDE) yesterday, and has been posted to the CDE’s Web site.
  • Shashank Joshi, Member: Introduced the Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression (HEARD) Web site. Demonstrated how to utilize the online HEARD Alliance Toolkit, which allows anyone to access Model Suicide Prevention Policies and other valuable mental health resources.
  • Shashank Joshi, Member: Opened a discussion about the new, popular, and controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Explained that the series tells the story of Hannah Baker, a girl who dies by suicide after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances brought on by select individuals at her high school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before her suicide details the 13 reasons why she ended her life.
  • Shashank Joshi, Member: Reported that there has been one copycat death by suicide since the release of the series one month ago. Reported that the series has been renewed for a second season, in which a school shooting may occur.
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson: Proposed the work group establish a subcommittee to respond to the producers of the 13 Reasons Why series, in hopes of preventing any more deaths by suicide or school shootings by students.
Project Cal-Well Update
  • Sara Geierstanger, University of California, San Francisco: Named the four goals of Project Cal-Well: (1) to create school climate that promotes healthy social-emotional development and well-being; (2) increase access to school-based services to students and their families; (3) build community partnerships to promote youth well-being and access to community-based services; and (4) increase Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training at both the state and local community levels.
  • Hilva Chan, CDE: Reported that Project Cal-Well is well funded and will be sustained for several years. Informed members that the SMHPW will continue to submit proposals to Blue Shield of California for additional resources and support.
  • Jeffrey Layland, Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD): Announced that the GGUSD has plans to hire more mental health staff. Reported that GGUSD’s kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) Administrators have completed YMHFA training, and GGUSD is now aiming to train their teachers. Reported that GGUSD has partnered with other local school districts to provide YMHFA trainings.
  • Cheryl Bodger, ABC Unified School District (ABCUSD): Announced goals to have 24 out of 29 ABCUSD schools implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. Reported that ABCUSD piloted the community of practice model for its high schools in partnership with the PBIS California Technical Assistance Center. Announced plans to expand PBIS framework to preschool and afterschool daycare programs in the 2017–18 school year.
Presentation: Co-Vitality Social Emotional Health Survey System
  • Michael Furlong, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB): Compared the importance of vision and hearing check-ups to the importance of social-emotional health check-ups for our youth.
  • Michael Furlong, UCSB: “In our research, we use the term co-vitality to describe the co-occurrence among positive constructs. Our aim is to explore the viability of co-vitality as a possible conceptual organizer for the synergy of positive psychology constructs and their relations with psychological well-being from elementary school children through college students.”
  • Michael Furlong, UCSB: “We chose to use the term co-vitality because it captures a broad conceptualization that encompasses healthy and positive functioning across life domains. In brief, our research aims to contribute to the study of optimal human functioning by examining the hypothesis that a combination of first-order positive psychology constructs a map onto the second-order co-vitality construct, and that a model including co-vitality enhances the prediction of psychological well-being. Our research is finding support for this hypothesis.”
Legislative Update: Assembly Bill 254, Assembly Bill 89, Assembly Bill 1261
  • Gordon Doughty, Member: Stated that Assembly Bill 254 would require the State Department of Health Care Services, upon appropriation of funds, to establish the Local Education Agency Pilot for Overall Needs (Program) for the purpose of improving the mental health outcomes of students through a whole person care approach that is accomplished by providing funding to an eligible participant for the provision of direct health services
  • Gordon Doughty, Member: Stated that AB 89 would, effective January 1, 2020, require an applicant for licensure as a psychologist to complete a minimum of six hours of coursework or applied experience under supervision in suicide risk assessment and intervention. “AB 89 is broadly supported by the SMHPW.”
  • Gordon Doughty, Member: Stated that AB 1261 would require, in developing a pupil suicide prevention policy in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts, a local educational agency with a mandatory expulsion policy or zero tolerance policy for the use of, possession of, or being under the influence of, alcohol, an intoxicant, or a controlled substance to consider whether the mandatory expulsion policy or zero tolerance policy is deterring pupils from seeking help for substance abuse. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Update: Multi-Tiered System of Support Policy Recommendation
  • Terri Villa-McDowell, Wexford Education Centre: Stated that there will be an updated Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Policy within two weeks.
Update: Data and Accountability Policy Recommendation
  • Hilva Chan, CDE: Thanked the work group for providing input to the Statement of Model Practices on Priority Five—Pupil Engagement, and Priority Six—School Climate, of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
  • Hilva Chan, CDE: Reported that the CDE hosted a LCAP Stakeholder Meeting in April. Announced that the final draft of the Statement of Model Practices will be reviewed one last time by the CDE’s LCAP Support Team for consistency in format and writing, which will then be posted on the Collaboration in Common Web site.
  • Hilva Chan, CDE: Informed the work group that the Collaboration in Common Web site is the main vehicle used by the CDE to share LCAP resources for each priority, and where stakeholders can participate in chats and discussions. Encouraged all SMHPW members to join the Collaboration in Common Web site.
  • Hilva Chan, CDE: Reported that she, Dan Sackheim, CDE, and Co-Chairperson David Kopperud are encouraging school districts to expand mental health services through the LCAP. “This includes providing mental health services as a way to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase Pupil Engagement (Priority Five), address mental health services within a MTSS to promote School Climate (Priority Six), and support our most vulnerable students.”
Update: Professional Development Policy Recommendation
  • Dan McCarthy, Member: Reported that the California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) has been researching ways to efficiently deliver mental health services to high school students. CASSW’s recommendations include:
  • Increasing the number of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) certificated and classified positions in California’s K–12 public schools
  • Increasing the availability of the on-site certificated school-based SISP to all students
  • Increasing the funding for SISP and services
  • Increasing professional capacity of current professional credentialing programs within University of California and California State University systems
  • Improving the trainings of teachers, administrators, and other school district officials
  • Establishing an office for SISP services within the CDE
Update: All Kids Are Ours Survey
  • Terri Villa-McDowell, Member: Stated that the survey’s objective is to review how the 2016 post-presidential election has impacted school climate and pupil engagement throughout K–12 schools nationally.
  • Terri Villa-McDowell, Member: Stated that much of the rhetoric surrounding the election has caused fear in our communities and resulted in incidents of discrimination and intolerance in many of our schools. Reported that school attendance has been greatly affected post-election. Stated that the goal is to have the LCAP continue to require educators to promote positive school climate.
  • Meg Murray, California School Nurses Organization (CSNO): Introduced the Post-Election Toolkit for Educators, which can be found on the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Web site. Informed the work group that the toolkit has excellent resources for schools and districts in Contra Costa County that will help in dealing with some of the issues that have surfaced as a result of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Meg Murray, CSNO: Informed the work group that the All Kids Are Ours survey is anonymous. Asked members to take the survey, which would help gather data regarding:

    • How educators are viewing the behaviors of students post-election
    • Any rise in physical harm or mental health concerns in students post-election
    • Any increase of truancy post-election
    • The occurrence of incidents of discrimination or intolerance in schools post-election
Work Group Member Updates
  • Marlon Morgan, Member: Announced that the next California Student Mental Wellness Conference will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California.
Next Steps, Closing Comments, and Evaluations
  • Monica Nepomuceno, Co-Chairperson: Adjourned the meeting at 3:45 p.m.
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