NYSASCD Journal

Fall 2018 Impact

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8 Healthy Communities, Healthy Families, Healthy Children Amy Molloy, MSW, M.Ed. Beginning with the current academic year, New York State schools are required to teach about mental health as part of the health curricula. e Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) led the advocacy efforts, making New York the first state in the nation to legislate mental health education for all students from kindergarten to twelh grade. NYS Education Law ยง 804 reads, in part, "All schools shall ensure that their health education programs recognize the multiple dimensions of health by including mental health and the relationship of physical health and mental health so as to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity." MHANYS has established the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center with funding from the New York State Legislature and Executive to support schools in implementing this new law. Amy Molloy, MSW, M.Ed., is the Director of the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center established by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) to help schools comply with the mental health education in schools law (July 2018). Amy is honored to serve as a member of the Queensbury Union Free School District's Board of Education, as well as a member of the Warren County Community Services Board and the Warren- Washington Association for Mental Health Board of Directors. She is also a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid and several suicide prevention programs, including safeTALK and ASIST.

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