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Special Education department presents on importance of transition process for young adults

In October, members of the Glenbrook High School District 225 Special Education department presented at the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, in San Diego, California.
 
The conference brought together more than 1,200 researchers, educators, speakers and attendees in the study of school mental health practice, training and policy.
 
Glenbrook’s five presenters focused their topic focused on transforming the future and improving services for young adults with mental health needs in their transition to adulthood.
 
There are many critical issues and challenges facing schools, young adults and families today, explained Glenbrook Director of Special Education Jennifer Pearson,
 
“Our goal is to create seamless and sustainable systems of supports so schools and agencies around the nation can improve the livelihood and outcomes for young adults with mental health needs,” Pearson said.
 
The team presented on methods including self-determination, person-centered planning, partner collaboration, and legislative advocacy efforts.
 
The Glenbrooks offer a comprehensive support team dedicated to the transition process and a transition center that provides transition services.
 
“We work to link students with the appropriate resources in our community so there is a sustainable transition when their time at the Glenbrooks comes to an end,” said Lisa Harper, District Placement Coordinator.
 
Harper added that the conference offered value in the opportunity to hear how other schools and agencies handle the subject.