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West Branch Meeting October 17, 2019
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When: Third Thursday Each Month
Where: Belmont Village Senior Living
6605 Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis 38120
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NASW-TN West Branch

October 17, 2019 Lunch and Learn

Belmont Village Assisted Living

6605 Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120



Presentation title: Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center: A Multi-Tiered System of Support for Students


Presenters: David Wilkins, PhD; Jakatae Jessup, MS; and Louise Levin, LMSW, LSSW


Previously known as the Memphis City Schools Mental Health Center (SCSMHC), the center became the Shelby County School Mental Health Center after Memphis City and Shelby County Schools merged to form a new unified school district in 2013. SCSMHC is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to provide school-based treatment and support for students who are struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges.


Learning Objectives:

1.      Provide the background and overview of Shelby County School Mental Health Center.           

2.     Increase understanding of school policies and practices regarding school safety and promotion of a healthy school climate.

3.     Provide updates regarding the Threat Assessment Team which screens student threats and conducts mental health assessments in crisis cases where there is concern about a continued threat to others.



David Wilkins II, PhD, HSP

Clinical Psychologist

Senior Manager, SCSMHC

Dr. David Wilkins is clinical psychologist and licensed health service provider for the state of Tennessee. He began his career in community mental health, has worked in private practice and for a geropsychiatric group where he provided a range of clinical and staff development services prior to joining Shelby County Schools in 2000.  Dr. Wilkins first served as a special education psychologist and later became one of the founding members of the Shelby County Schools Threat Assessment Team, the first of its kind in the state.  Beginning in 2014, he became a mental health supervisor and for the past three years has served as manager of SCS Mental Health Center.  He met his wife, also a clinical psychologist, while they were both in graduate school at Memphis State University and they have an adult son who is graduating this year from the University of Memphis.  He enjoys reading, fishing, music of all kinds, and hiking with his canine companion “Bo.”       


Jakatae Jessup, MS

Senior Psychological Examiner

School Psychologist


Louise Levin, LMSW, LSSW

School Social Worker


1.0 CEU
$5 NASW Members
$10 Non Members

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