RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


School Based Behavioral Health Grant Development
September 7, 2006

The Pennsylvania Department of Education conducted a statewide teleconference on September 1 for schools and community behavioral health partners interested in applying for the school based behavioral health performance grants. Materials distributed during that teleconference are attached. A school must be the grant applicant and is expected to partner with community behavioral health providers in their grant submission. More than 80 people participated in the teleconference, indicating strong interest in this competitive initiative. Mr. Ron Sudano at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) in Pittsburgh will be coordinating the grant process and is available to respond to technical questions. He can be reached by email at rsudano@pattan.net. There are also PaTTAN staff assigned to this project in the central and western regions.

The request for proposals calls for the use of promising practice models. The materials provided at the teleconference reference web sites that may be useful. In addition, the centers for school based mental health at the University of Maryland (http://csmha.umaryland.edu), and the University of California in Los Angeles (www.smhp.psych.ucla.edu) may also be useful resources.

Essential Partners
The grant application calls for the school to identify essential partners, including community behavioral health providers and other stakeholders. PCPA has long advocated for school –community behavioral health partnerships and has assisted members by providing policy information, technical assistance, and supporting a range of work groups and events that focus on sharing models and practices. PCPA looks forward to partnering with members and schools who are grant applicants. The association will be pleased to provide applicants who partner with members a letter identifying PCPA as supporting essential partner in this initiative. Applicants wishing to include PCPA as one of their essential partners should contact Connell O’Brien at connell@paproviders.org.

For additional information or questions, contact Connell O'Brien.

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