AB114: Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) Advocacy, Legal, & Practical Perspectives
1 hour running time
This presentation provides an overview of how school psychologists are qualified mental health professionals whose scope of practice includes providing mental health services within all tiers of MTSS, but specifically focusing on DIS Counseling and ERMHS. This presentation will address several questions: 1) Historically, who has delivered counseling services to students eligible for special education? 2) What provider is best prepared to conduct ERMHS assessments and has that expertise been upheld in court? 3) Is providing DIS Counseling/ERMHS counseling within a school psychologist’s scope of practice? 4) What specific district ERMHS models, delivered by school psychologists, currently exist in California? What resources are available to increase a school psychologist’s counseling skills?
Tom Sopp, MA., School Psychologist, LMFT, is a school psychologist with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) which is a large, culturally diverse, urban school district. Tom is assigned to the Family Resource Center (FRC), where he supports school sites by assessing the site’s tiered support services, collaborating with staff on adding intervention services, providing individual and group counseling services to students, modeling classroom social/emotional lessons for teachers, providing parent training, and leading professional development for school staff. In addition, he is the Advocacy & Leadership Committee chair for the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP).
Nelarie Romo, Ed.S, M.A., NCSP, LEP, was a bilingual school psychologist for 8 years and is currently the Director of Student Services of a district within the central valley. She has taught courses at Brandman University and has served on the CASP board in multiple roles, including Affiliate Representative and Virtual Services Chair. She has created crisis and mental health protocols and procedures for districts, served as the re-founding affiliate president for her local affiliate, was awarded the Nadine Lambert “School Psychologist of the Year” award for her region, and is a trainer for PREPaRE.
Melissa Wood Currently, I am a SELPA Coordinator for the Kern County Consortium SELPA. I was previously a school psychologist and Director of special education for the Taft City School District. I am honored to be the CASP President-Elect and to support the vision and mission of this state association!
Carl Corbin of School and College Legal Services of California graduated from Gallaudet University with a Psy.S. in school psychology, worked over five years in public school districts as a school psychologist, is a LEP (inactive) and NCSP, and obtained his law degree at University of California, Boalt Hall.