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School Reopening

Return to School

The Children's Mental Health Campaign acknowledges that the approaching date for pre-K, elementary and secondary school children in Massachusetts to return to school is on everyone's minds.

Parents, educators, community based service providers, healthcare professionals and policymakers are making difficult decisions regarding the health, safety, and continued learning for the children in the Commonwealth. Our goal is to supply you with up to date information as we receive it in the hopes of providing support throughout this turbulent and ever-changing landscape.

Guidance changes as our understanding of the pandemic changes. With consideration for the health and well-being of our children at the forefront, we offer resources and guides for families and communities as the they navigate return to school.

We're collecting resources from our partners, as well as from experts from around the country, to help prepare children and families for return to school. You can find those at the top of our COVID-19 Resource Page.

CMHC Presents: Our 2nd Lunch & Learn

We're back with round two in our series! This webinar, led by Marisol Garcia, Director/Managing Attorney for the MHAP for Kids Program at Health Law Advocates, builds on our first Lunch & Learn and highlights special education-related issues regarding COVID-19, navigating the various types of school reopening plans, preparing for re-entry to school.

The webinar will take place September 17th at 1 pm via Zoom. It will last 1 hour with a Q&A at the end.

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In case you missed our first Lunch & Learn, an introduction to special education during COVID-19, you can check it out here:

Suicide Prevention Week

Sunday, September 6th – Saturday, Sep 12th is Suicide Prevention Week.

90% of young adults who attempt suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. We're advocating to ensure children and youth have access to resources and supports to talk about their behavioral health challenges and receive the services they need.

Join us this week in supporting organizations focused on suicide prevention for children & teens:

The NAN Project’s approach to mental health awareness and suicide prevention has three primary areas of focus: the use of a peer-to-peer model to open up the conversation concerning young adult mental health, professional development for educators, and speaking events in the community. This approach seeks to normalize the conversation around mental health challenges and educate the community about supports that are available.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

JED exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

2020 Census & Election updates

2020 Census

The Census Bureau has announced that they'll end all of their operations on September 30 - one month earlier than originally planned.

An accurate Census count helps services like child-care, schools, health and behavioral health services, and many other programs receive the funding they need. Help us make sure every person in Massachusetts is counted!

2020 Election

November 3rd is the general election! Click the link below to see if you're registered, find your voting location, and check out who's on the ballet:

Voting by mail is available to all voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. If you would like to vote by mail, applications must reach your local election office by October 20th for the general election:

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Melissa is a clinical child psychologist. She coordinates the school based initiatives with pediatric behavioral health and wellness at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the greater Rochester region. Melissa is a true community organizer working through the lens of behavioral health. And in this time of pandemic, I don’t know that there are many people more important, than those who are trying to figure out along with multitudes of other people in their community, how to make sure that services stay at the level that they were before the pandemic for youth and families, and, how they can be improved.

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