NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 

Who Cares About Kelsey?

A Documentary by Dan Habib 

We want to highlight an important new documentary that relates to our work at NASMHPD.  Dan Habibs Who Cares About Kelsey? documents Kelsey Carrolls struggles with emotional and behavioral challenges and shows innovative educational approaches that help students like her to succeed while improving the overall school culture and climate.

When Kelsey Carroll entered high school, she was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than graduation. Diagnosed with ADHD and carrying the emotional scars of homelessness and substance abuse, as well as the actual scars of repeated self-mutilation, Kelsey was volatile, disruptive and, by her own admission, "not a nice person" to be around.

During Kelsey's sophomore year, a new school leadership team implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS ( http://pbis.org/ )), a youth-directed planning process called RENEW ( http://iod.unh.edu/Projects/renew/renew_main.aspx ), and other reforms to improve the school's culture and reduce the dropout rate. Who Cares About Kelsey? follows Kelsey through the ups and downs of her senior year and shows how her schools new approach towards students like Kelsey gave her the tools and the opportunity to succeed.

Make sure to catch this important documentary, which will be shown on local public television stations.  (http://www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/see-the-film/tv-broadcasts)

Go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com for more broadcast info, the host-a-screening application and to watch the compelling film trailer.