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Task Force on School Mental Health

The Task Force on School Mental Health submitted its Report to Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia on March 26, 2018, as required by the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017 (Title V, Subtitle E), passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on June 27, 2017 and signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser on July 31, 2017. The Council extended the date of submission from February 9, 2018 to March 31, 2018 to allow the Task Force sufficient time to complete its deliberations and finalize its recommendations.

If you have any questions related to the Task Force Report you may contact the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services at (202) 727-7973 or [email protected].

Task Force on School Mental Health Report (Final Submitted) 3 26 18.pdf

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