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Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council was formed by the Kansas State Board of Education at their meeting in July 2017.


  • Advise the Kansas State Board of Education of unmet needs within the state in the area of school mental health;
  • Coordinate with legislators and stakeholders to address relevant issues effectively to best meet the needs of students; and
  • Coordinate statewide collaborative social emotional character development partnerships with stakeholders that will benefit students.

For questions about the council please contact Gail Tripp at gtripp@ksde.org

Public Input through Written or Verbal Comment Instructions - Please email Gail Tripp, gtripp@ksde.org ;to request a time to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. 

2022-2023 Meeting Dates (links for livestream will be posted prior to each meeting date):

*All meetings are scheduled from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.*

SMHAC Members 22-23

Council By-Laws

Persons interested in a seat on the council can apply through this application and will be considered as seats open.

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Suicide Resources in Kansas

  • Family Mobile Crisis Helpline (Kansas Department for Children and Families)  CALL: 833-441-2240
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline CALL: 988
  • Download the "Kansas A Friend AsKS" App for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play (Kansas Office of Attorney General)

2022-2023 Agenda, Minutes and Meeting Materials

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2021-2022 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Presentations

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2021 07 26 AgendaKelli Byrne 10/1/2021126.00 KBDownload
2021 07 26 MinutesKayla Love 12/2/2021196.82 KBDownload
2021 07 26 PresentationKelli Byrne 10/5/202116.51 MBDownload
2021 10 14 AgendaKelli Byrne 10/13/2021125.59 KBDownload
2021 10 14 PresentationKelli Byrne 10/14/20211.07 MBDownload
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