MEDIA ADVISORY Public Hearing: 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.  

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: Michael D. Pennington, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Dr. Dana Milakovic, Mental Wellness and Trauma Specialist – Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education; 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

WhenWednesday, October 19, 2022, 8:30 am – 10 a.m.

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



Contact: Christine Caldara Piatos, Communications Manager, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, (717) 787-9555,

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.

(717) 787-9555

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