Southwest Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum

On September 13, 2019, more than 130 educators, administrators, social workers, and caregivers gathered at Albany State University for the Southwest Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum.

One of six regional events to be held throughout Georgia in 2019 and 2020—co-hosted by Georgia Appleseed, The Carter Center, and Voices for Georgia's Children— the forum's goal was to bring together stakeholders to talk and learn about school-based behavioral health in Georgia. Panelists discussed the current status of school-based behavioral health in Georgia, model approaches to implementation, and overcoming barriers. 

“The nation is at a tipping point to address children’s mental health and well-being,” says Talley Wells, executive director at Georgia Appleseed. “Events like this are important because, although Georgia has made important progress, we need to work together to increase the capacity of our schools provide mental health supports and services to children and their families."