Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration


The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.


Teen Mental Health: Supporting Schools and Expanding Resources

February 24, 2020 | 03:00 PM
04:30 PM ET

Rates of mental illness and suicide have risen markedly among teens in recent years, as has substance use. Given the importance of early screening and access to resources, leaders are working with schools and taking new approaches to get teens help when they need it most.

This webinar explored:

  • How schools are a primary provider of mental health services for teens and present an opportunity for wide-scale intervention
  • Recent data trends showing a reduction in teen illicit drug use but an increase in teen suicide deaths and vaping
  • Best practices from a multi-state learning collaborative working to increase access to Medicaid services in schools including mental health services
  • How public and private partners are working to make mental health accessible in schools by providing school staff with trainings, online resources and continued support from trained coaches


John Auerbach, MBA
Trust for America's Health
Alexandra Mays, MHS
Healthy Schools Campaign
Audrey J. Harvey, MPH, CPH
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD
TRAILS; University of Michigan Medical School
Kathleen Ethier, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Presentation Slides

"The Federal Perspective on Adolescent Mental Health and the Value of Schools," Kathleen Ethier, CDC
"Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide," John Auerbach, TFAH
"Building State and Local Collaboration to Expand School Mental Health Services," Alexandra Mays, Healthy Schools Campaign
"Effective Mental Health Services, Accessible in All Schools," Audrey Harvey, BCBSM Foundation & Elizabeth Koschmann, University of Michigan Medical School