Mental Health Association in New York State

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Peg Barrett, NYSSSWA Past President attended the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.’s  (MHANYS) Mental Health in Education Meeting on June 5, 2024.

Meeting Summary:

The School Mental Health Advisory Council met on June 5th, 2024 about Mental Health Resources and training updates.There is a new director,  Renee Rider and she introduced herself and talked about the overview of efforts to increase outreach and offer back to school information to Educators and Families. They are also offering a summer Academy virtually on August 20-21st.They have a School Mental Health Resource and Training Center with tools and information that schools need to educate students about mental health,from instructional resources, to staff development, and information for families. The website is

Scholarship Opportunity for $2,500:

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The Mental Health Association in New York State, inc. is offering The Sylvia Lask Scholarship for is open to juniors, seniors, and matriculated graduate students attending school in New York State and majoring in a mental health-related field to prepare for a career in mental health. You must be a New York State resident and demonstrate financial need.    One individual scholarship will be awarded for tuition in the amount of $2,500, plus travel expenses up to $200 for the scholarship winner to attend MHANYS Annual Awards Dinner in October 2024.   DEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY June 28, 2024 

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School Mental Health Training Center

“The Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) has established the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center to support all NYS public and private schools to implement Chapter 390 of the Laws of 2016, requiring mental health instruction as part of the K-12 health curricula. The Center staff and project partners are committed to helping schools.”


Governor Hochul Visits MHANYS    May 28, 2024

Governor Hochul highlighted “her ongoing investments in mental health resources for young New Yorkers, including expanded access to innovative youth and teen Mental Health First Aid training programs.”

Mental Health Topics:  A – Z 

Mental Health Education in Schools.

Mental Health Instruction in Schools   Presentation to the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.’s Mental Health in Education Summit by J. Richter March 16, 2017

Mental Health Updates:  Includes MHANYS links to News, Policy/Advocacy, and Events.

*New York Resource Database:     Resources for Mental Health, clothing, food, housing, etc. by County

New York State Mental Health Education Guide

The New York State Mental Health Education Assessment Guide includes:

1) Suggestions for a Mental Health Education Task Force
2) Creating a vision for mental health education in your school/district
3) Using the NYS Framework for Mental Health Education Instruction
4) Assessing mental health education across disciplines o crosswalk of mental health education w/SEL, Health, PE and FACS standards o exploring mental health education in MS/HS classrooms (other than Health)
5) Exploring Mental Health Education and Initiatives in Schools
6) Aligning vision and plan

Recommendations for Mental Health Instruction in Schools   Source:  MHANYS

 Supporting Mental Health in Schools  Source:  MHANYS