Children’s Mental Health Day

Posted on 20 Apr 2009 in Legislation, Special Education, Student Behavior | Comments Off on Children’s Mental Health Day

May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009

Behavior disorders and mental health issues are closely related conditions. Some people argue that the big difference is that most people mistake externalizing behaviors such as aggression and classroom disruptions with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) and internalizing behaviors like depression or anxiety with mental health conditions. The truth is that all these examples are on a continuum of behaviors that interfere with school and life for our students. As teachers, we need to intervene with both the internalizing and externalizing behaviors.

A colleague, Howard Muscott, has been asked to speak in Washington, DC to address Children’s Mental Health Day on May 7th. Congrats Howard!

Below are details about the event:

Hi Colleagues:

I’ve been asked to speak to the US House of Representatives on May 7th — Children’s Mental Health (MH) Day regarding our work on PBIS and MH in New Hampshire (NH). I’m honored and humbled to be representing the people in NH who have brought this work on behalf of children and families in NH to the national spotlight. Goldie Hawn will be present to discuss her mindfulness project. Kathryn Power, the head of
SAMSA, is going to also address the House members, staffers and press at the awareness event.

While it’s a NH story they want, linking to key national big ideas and our collective work is also part of the narrative I’d like to tell. If you were in my place, what 3-5 big ideas would you stress or express? Any other advice besides get a haircut and wear a dark suit?

Howard S. Muscott, Ed.D.
Director, NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PBIS Director, NH RESPONDS Initiative or

If you have suggestions for Dr. Muscott, please contact him at

The more awareness we can bring to children’s behavioral and mental health needs the better! We can all do are part by contacting the reps from our state and letting them know that these issues are important to us and we ask for their support when bills addressing children are brought before the House or legislature.