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Middle Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum

Supporting Children’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
Dublin, Georgia
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



The Middle Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum on Feb. 6 is one of six regional events to the held throughout Georgia in 2019 and 2020. The objective of the six forums — co-hosted by The Carter CenterGeorgia Appleseed for Law and Justice, and Voices for Georgia’s Children — is to convene stakeholders to raise awareness of the transformative impact of Georgia’s school-based behavioral health and best practices for integrating behavioral health in key systems that impact children. Panelists will discuss the current status of school-based behavioral health in Georgia, model approaches to implementation, and overcoming barriers. The forum is open to the public. Educators, parents, policy leaders, and behavioral health experts are encouraged to attend. 


Panel I: Why School-Based Behavioral Health?

Panel II: Building School-Based Behavioral Health: Eliminating

System of Care Expansion and Parent and Student Engagement

Language, Behavior, and Climate

+Forum Resources


How Might We Create a Positive School Climate? Language as the Missing Link (PDF) Garry McGiboney, PhD, Deputy Superintendent,Division of School Safety and Climate, Georgia Department of Education

Arianne Weldon, MPH, Innovation Strategist and Director, Get Georgia Reading Campaign, Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Crisis In Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health 2020 (PDF) Voices for Georgia’s Children
Snapshot of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services in Georgia 2020 (PDF) Voices for Georgia’s Children
School-based Health Counties: What’s Happening in Georgia 2020 (PDF) Voices for Georgia’s Children
Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis 2020 (PDF) Voices for Georgia’s Children
Middle Georgia School-based Behavioral Health Forum Speaker Biographies (PDF) N/A
About Care Partners of Georgia (PDF) Care Partners of Georgia
Help Guides for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges: Parent & Caregivers (PDF) Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice


Feb. 6, 2020

Middle Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum in Dublin, Ga. Panel I

Interview with Michael Waller, interim executive director, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.

Interview with Kelly Canady, social worker for the Dublin City School system.

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