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Advocacy

Program Manager: 

Libby Malone (e.a.malone2@gmail.com)

Advocacy is broken down into four branches:

Legislative

Chair: Libby Malone 
e.a.malone2@gmail.com

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Legislative Chair has the following responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Attend and participate in their board and program area
  • Monitor legislation relating to the practice of school psychology and other issues pertaining to education and school based mental health services both locally and nationally.
  • Advocate for the passage of legislation pertaining to the annually established legislative priorities of the association both locally and nationally.
  • Inform CSSP members of legislative initiatives and laws that relate to the practice of school psychology both locally and nationally.
  • Coordination with the newsletter editor for timely publication of legislative news.
  • Review Bill Status Summary sheet and identify possible bills of interest to the membership via report to the board and executive council.
  • Employ a governmental consultant.
  • health care – related meetings as a representative of CSSP’s position on topics of interest.


GOVERNMENT & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Alison Hargarten
alisonhargarten@gmail.com

Roles and Responsibilities:  

The GPR Chair has the following responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Attend and participate in their program area meeting on the same day but prior to the Executive Council meeting.
  • In collaboration with the Legislative Rep, to monitor state and federal legislation relating to the practice of school psychology and other issues pertaining to education and school based mental health services both locally and nationally.
  • To participate in weekly phone calls with the CSSP appointed lobbyist during the Colorado legislative session.
  • To establish and recruit a network of CSSP members that are committed to assisting in advocacy efforts. Activities of network members might include writing letters or phoning legislators, testifying, distributing information within their employment site, etc.  
  •  As needed, GPR Committee Chair  will communicate with Collaborative Relations (websites, social media, newsletter) to ensure membership is informed on GPR Committee’s advocacy efforts, needs, and accomplishments.
  • Keep communication streams open between GPR Committee Chair  and Regional reps as a means of ensuring policy priorities and action steps represent CSSP membership.
  •  Volunteer to assist with activities at the annual conference as stipulated through contact with the Conference chairperson.

CRISIS TEAM

Co-Chairs: Kathy Sievering & Susy Ruof
ksieveri@comcast.net
susyruof@gmail.com

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Crisis Team Coordinator has the following responsibilities as members of the Advocacy program area:

  • Recruit CSSP members to serve on the CSSP S-W CRT in either a Tier I or Tier II capacity, as outlined in the team’s membership and guidelines.
  • Coordinate communication to the membership regarding the CSSP S-W CRT priorities, actions plans in which the membership can participate to further the crisis management/prevention/education interests of the organization.
  • Coordination with the newsletter editor for timely publication of crisis teams news.
  • Coordination and planning with the Conference Chair for a crisis team table at conference.
  • If possible, submit a Call for Presentation/Paper for the annual CSSP Conference on a topic related to the field of crisis intervention and prevention. Maintain contact with NASP SSCRC, COVA, ISPA and other agencies related to crisis intervention and prevention.
  • Maintain criteria for team membership (Tier I and Tier II), reviewing responsibilities with members annually.
  • Facilitate and coordinate Direct Crisis Response: Upon request from a school administrator, CSSP Statewide Crisis Response Team members may be dispatched to local school districts to assist in direct crisis response.

CULTURAL & LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE REPRESENTATIVE

Paige Powers
pmpowers@aurorak12.org

Roles and Responsibilities: 

The Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Chair has the responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Promote cultural awareness and culturally competent practices in the field of  school psychology.
  • Reach out to various cultural and diverse groups such as Native American, African American, Asian American, Latino, and GLBTIQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Intersex) students and to obtain information about the specific culture and values to apply to best practices in school psychology.
  • Submit articles to the CSSP newsletter a minimum of two times per year. These articles will focus on improving the cultural competencies of school mental health providers.
  • Disseminate relevant information and professional development opportunities surrounding working and collaborating with multicultural/multilingual populations.
  • Advocate for and assist with the selection of CSSP conference presentations, workshops, and meetings.
  • The representative(s) for the Committee will regularly attend CSSP board meetings and engage in board-related responsibilities.





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