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Upcoming conference information coming Spring 2024

The 2023 Annual Conference on
Advancing School Mental Health
Building Hopeful Futures for All Youth

December 5-7 | New Orleans, LAA photograph of New Orleans. The top third is the sky with a light punk sunset across clouds. The middle third is the New Orleans skyline with several skyscrapers and smaller buildings. The lowest third is a river with a large boat in it.

On-Demand Library: Registration is open through February 29, 2024

Continuing education is not provided.
A Certificate of Attendance is available upon request.

ADA Accommodations

If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the 2023 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, please provide information about your requirements to the National Center for School Mental Health (410-706-0980 or no later than Monday November 20, 2023.

Agenda & Program Booklet

View our ASMH 2023 Program Booklet.

Tuesday, December 5 7:30am-4:45pm

  • On-site registration/Check-in/Continental Breakfast (7:30am)
  • Welcome (8:30am)
  • Keynote address
  • School mental health awards
  • Conference sessions
  • Advisory Board meeting (closed)

Wednesday, December 6 7:30am-7pm

  • On-site registration/Check-in/Continental Breakfast (7:30am)
  • Welcome (8:30am)
  • Keynote address
  • Conference sessions
  • Symposia
  • Poster & networking reception

Thursday, December 7 9am-12:15pm

  • Intensive training sessions
  • No continental breakfast on Thursday. Complimentary coffee/tea will be provided.


Congratulations to the 2023 School Mental Health Awardees!

Juanita Cunningham Evans Memorial Awardee - Julie Goldstein Grumet

Julie Goldstein Grumet

School Mental Health Champion AwardeeAyada Bonilla

Ayada Bonilla

School Mental Health Research AwardeeRon Avi Astor

Ron Avi Astor

Youth and Family Partnership AwardeeRise Recovery

On-Demand Library

The Advancing School Mental Health Conference offers a library of on-demand sessions through June 3, 2024! Conference attendees received an email on December 12, 2023, with information on accessing this library. You can view the ASMH 2023 On-Demand Program Booklet to learn more!

For those who were not registered for the virtual conference, you can still register to access the on-demand library! Register at this link using Promotion Code RECORDED (all caps) through February 29, 2024, for $99 to access the on-demand library with over 80 pre-recorded conference sessions on school mental health. Continuing education credits are not provided for the on-demand library, but a certificate of attendance is available upon request.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education & Continuing Medical Education credits will be sought for the following professions: counselors, family therapists, health educators, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. You may select your field/credit options during registration.


Each year, the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health brings together leaders, practitioners, researchers, family members, advocates, and other partners in the school mental health field to share the latest research and best practices. The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community agenda to bring mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families as part of a multi-tiered system of supports. This conference is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). If you have any questions, please contact the NCSMH team at 410-706-0980 or

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Hotel & Lodging

Conference Hotel:
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Conference block sold out.

Overflow Hotel 1:
JW Marriott
614 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Conference block sold out.

Overflow Hotel 2:
Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reserve a room in our conference block.

*Unauthorized solicitations may be circulating, and we kindly remind all attendees to exclusively utilize reservation links provided directly by conference contacts or through the official conference website. If you receive an email from Elite Housing Service or, please do not click on any links and either delete the email or report it as spam or phishing to your organization.*A photo of the Marriott in New Orleans, a tall building with smaller city buildings and a sunset behind it.


Tuesday, December 5:

The Digital Dilemma: The Role of Technology in School-Based Mental Health

Nadia Ward, MEd, PhD
Professor of Practice, Education Department and Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology, Clark University
Director, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
This presentation will explore the root causes of the mental health crisis being experienced by our nation’s youth and how technology presents new opportunities for re-imagining a system of care that is responsive to the needs of all students. Information on how to navigate the digital mental health landscape will be discussed as well as promising new approaches, digital health tools and resources that can be used to support mental health professionals in their work with youth and families. Implications for research, policy, practice will be highlighted.

Nadia Ward headshot

Wednesday, December 6:

Hope for the Future of School Mental Health: Policy Update and Discussion

Bill Smith, BS
Founder and President, Inseparable
This plenary presentation offers a landscape of national and state-specific growth in school mental health, with an optimistic view of the future state of the field. Successful state legislative efforts to advance school mental health across the nation will be detailed, along with guidance on how attendees can learn from and leverage these legislative wins in their own states and local communities. Data and messaging will be provided highlighting the broad support among youth, families, and educators for integrating mental health supports and services in schools. Bill Smith will be joined by Senator Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-CO, and Speaker of the House Valerie Longhurst, D-DE.

Bill Smith headshot

Mobile App for Attendees

Download the mobile app in advance to mark your favorite sessions. All conference information is accessible through the app, and printed programs are not provided. App Instructions include a QR code to download and instruction for login for attendees. If you did not receive an email with the badge printing QR code, check your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot locate it, an NCSMH staff member will be there to assist you at check-in.

Presenter Information

All presenters must confirm their acceptance through the link provided in their acceptance email. In August, all confirmed presenters for live conference, symposia, and intensive training sessions will receive their presentation date/time, along with a toolkit to support preparations.

  • All confirmed presenters will receive a link to upload their materials.
    • Pre-recorded on-demand session mp4 files are due November 1, 2023.
    • Live presentation materials are due November 15, 2023.
  • Modify and include Disclosure Slide Templates and Conference Evaluations Slide in your presentation.


Online registration is closed. Limited on-site registration will be available at the following rates.

  • Attendees: $550
  • Presenters (Live, Virtual, and Poster): $450
  • Advisory Board: $410
  • Student (student ID required for registration): $350

Cancellations, Substitutions, and Refunds
Substitutions will be accepted. Registration cancellations must be submitted by September 29, 2023. No verbal requests will be excepted. All requests must be made via email BEFORE September 29, 2023. Follow the instructions below for registration cancellations or substitutions.

  • Return to the registration confirmation email if you wish to substitute your registration. Click the link provided to modify your registration. Enter your email address and the confirmation number to access your registration. You may also contact Christina Walker at
  • If you wish to cancel your registration and receive a refund, you must contact Christina Walker at BEFORE September 29, 2023. A $95 administrative fee will be applied to all refunds. Allow four weeks for refunds to be processed.
  • No cancellations will be accepted after September 29, 2023, for medical-, personal-, or work-related reasons.

Group Discounts
For groups with 10 or more people, a $10 discount per person is available. Registrations and payment for the entire group must be received at the same time to be eligible for this discount. Contact Christina Walker with any questions about group discounts at

Request for Proposals

The request for proposals is closed.

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The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, does not endorse or approve any commercial products. While it is usually unnecessary, the NCSMH reserves the right to substitute or cancel sessions.


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