**MEDIA ADVISORY** Public Hearing on Youth Mental Health and Pennsylvania Rural Schools

What: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on youth mental health and Pennsylvania rural schools to highlight some of the challenges Pennsylvania rural school leaders face in addressing the growing mental health crisis among youth.  

Who: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Senator Gene Yaw, Chairman

Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Vice Chairman

Dr. Nancy Falvo, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Secretary

Mr. Stephen M. Brame, Governor’s Representative, Treasurer

Senator Katie J. Muth

Representative Dan Moul

Mr. Richard Esch, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Timothy Kelsey, Pennsylvania State University

Ms. Shannon M. Munro, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Dr. Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Susan Snelick, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College

Mr. Darrin Youker, Governor’s Representative

Presenters: Dr. Dana Milakovic, Mental Wellness and Trauma Specialist – Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Michael D. Pennington, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Dr. Bernadette Boerckel, Chief Outreach Officer, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit; Dr. Erich May, Superintendent, Brookville Area School District; Michael Hopkins, President and CEO, Children’s Service Center of the Wyoming Valley; Dawn Zieger, Associate Vice President, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Geisinger Health System; Jody McCloud Missmer, Network Administrator, Behavioral Health, YESS! School-Based Therapy Program at St. Luke’s University Health Network; and Amie Allanson-Dundon, Network Director for Clinical Therapy Services, YESS! School-Based Therapy Program at St. Luke’s University Health Network

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 8:30AM – 10AM

Where: Capitol Building, Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg, Pa.

See agenda here

Contact: Christine Caldara Piatos, Communications Manager, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, (717) 787-9555, caldarac@rural.pa.gov

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania’s nearly 3.4 million rural residents.



Christine Caldara PiatosCommunications Manager
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
(717) 787-9555

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