|Hopkins Students present their report|
on school mental health services
Hopkins Students Shed Light on School Mental Health Services
Last school year BCP worked with a group of dedicated Masters of Public Health (MPH) students from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Andrew Seiden, Mahendra Naidoo, Elysse Lasser and Will Herbert - to better understand how mental health services are provided in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The students' MPH Practicum project, "Mental Health Services and Baltimore City Schools," was completed as part of a course taught by Professor Shannon Frattaroli entitled "Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century."
The partnership was made possible by SOURCE's (Student Outreach Resource Center) 2014-2015 Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows Program. SOURCE is the community service and service-learning center for the Bloomberg School, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University.
During the project, the team conducted a needs assessment and gap analysis to better identify gaps in mental health service provision, reviewed the available literature and history of mental health services in Baltimore City Schools, and interviewed key stakeholders.
Their research quickly indicated that the initial hypothesis - that the level of school mental health services provided did not meet the need - was not completely accurate. In response, the group worked with BCP to modify their deliverable from a policy recommendation to a FAQ to help principals navigate the Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) Program.
In January the students visited the BCP offices to deliver a very informative and engaging presentation to BCP staff members and one of our principals. After the presentation, the principal remarked that their findings had answered some longstanding questions about school mental health services.
We would like to thank Andrew, Mahendra, Elysse and Will for their outstanding work and congratulate the team on winning a 2014-2015 MPH Practicum Award. Special thanks to SOURCE Director Mindi Levin, SOURCE Associate Director Elizabeth Doerr and Professor Shannon Frattaroli for making this partnership possible.
View the School Mental Health Services FAQ at:
View the PowerPoint presentation below: