Congratulations to this year's 2019 Albert B. Craig, Jr. recipient, Mike Gruber. Mike is the Coordinator, System Transformation Unit, in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).
He has worked in the behavioral health field for 35+ years. In 2013 Mike and team of folks developed the program Stand Together which is a behavioral health anti-stigma initiative that uses a service learning model, to train, inspire, and equip middle and high school youth to act against stigma toward peers with mental and/or substance use disorders. Stand Together seeks to reduce negative attitudes and beliefs, promote social inclusion, and encourage help-seeking behavior by youth dealing with emotional difficulties.
Thanks Mike and the Stand Together team for all your hard work in dedication to eliminate stigma. ... See MoreSee Less
The screening survey asks students a range of questions about their thoughts and behavior during the previous week — for instance, whether they felt angry, maintained friendships, had trouble paying attention, or missed school.
The tool they use only costs the district $2000- a small monetary investment, for potentially saving students' lives. ... See MoreSee Less
Schools can be hesitant to screen students for mental health issues if school resources aren't available for follow-up care. But one district found ways to work with community organizations and mental...