The Task Force on School Mental Health was established in the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act (L22-0033) to steer the creation of a comprehensive plan to expand school-based behavioral health programs and services and provide a report to the Mayor and Council of the District of Columbia by February 9, 2018, that includes the following:
- An evaluation of the comprehensive plan submitted to the Council Committee on Health and Committee on Education;
- An analysis of the school mental health programs and providers currently operating in District of Columbia Public Schools and District of Columbia Public Charter Schools;
- An analysis of the Department of Behavioral Health’s current school mental health program (“SMHP”) to determine what schools participate in the SMHP and what activities occur across the schools, including an analysis of available Department of Behavioral health data, and
- A comprehensive plan to expand school-based behavioral health programs and services, including any changes to the current proposed comprehensive plan.
The Task Force membership is appointed by the Mayor and the Chairs of the Council Committee on Health and Committee on Education. The Co-Chairs of the Task Force are Dr. Olga Acosta Price and Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. Membership includes a parent of a public school student and a parent of a public charter school student; school mental health providers; community based providers, and government representatives.
Notices of public meetings, agendas and minutes are located here.
If you have any questions, please contact Sakina B. Thompson in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services at [email protected] or (202) 727-7973.
Task Force on School Mental Health Members
|Last Name||First Name||Task Force Seat Designation|
|Bryant-Mallory||Dietra||District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Designee|
Gray, Councilmember or designee
|Vincent||Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health|
Grosso, Councilmember or designee
|David||Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Education|
|Lamb||Michael||Non-Core Service Agency Provider Representative|
|Luecking||Nathan||Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Mental Health Program Clinician|
|Lovelace||Taiwan||Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Mental Health Program Clinician|
|Nesbitt||LaQuandra||Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) Designee|
|Oruh||Choima||DCPS Parent Member|
|Palmer||Michelle||Non-Core Service Agency Provider Representatives|
|Parrella||Marisa||Core Service Agency Provider Representative|
|Pearson||Scott||DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB)|
|Price||Juanita||Core Service Agency Provider Representative|
|Price||Olga||School Mental Health Expert|
|Royster||Tanya||Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)|
|Schumacher||Heidi||Office of the State Superintendent of Schools (OSSE)|
|Jones||Chalon||Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Designee|
|Whalen||Molly||DC Public Charter School Parent Member|