The national event featured SAMHSA’s system of care grantees who joined the panel discussions live from their own communities via
Skype. WARDENE TALLEY of Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority in Michigan and PASTOR KEN CLINE of The Open
Table—a faith-based organization that fights poverty—discussed how faith-based groups can contribute to community collaborations
in support of children’s mental health. Representatives from Saginaw’s public school system, Safe Schools/Healthy Students, and Head
Start programs, as well as youth and families, participated in a local Awareness Day Live! gathering to watch the live webcast.
MEGHAN DIAMON of Screening for Mental Health Inc. in Boston joined the national event from the Boston Public Schools central office
to showcase their work in that community. Thirty people from across the state were with them, including school psychologists, school
nurses, teachers, program staff, and nonprofit partners.
“Start the conversation with law enforcement. Through the help of a family-run organization, parents can go together to the nearest law
enforcement and ask to set up a meeting. And not just the family but youth as well. Just invite them to be aware of what you’re doing, and
to get involved. Start that way.”
— Janet Pereyra, Miami, FL
2016 FINAL REPORT