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Melissa Heatly – Integrating Behavioral Health and the Schools in the Midst of the Pandemic

August 12, 2020 |

Welcome to another episode of the optimistic advocate. This is episode eight and I’m your host, Scott Bryant Comstock, founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. This podcast is about advocates who are innovative, who refuse to sit on the sidelines, and just figure out a way to get it done. However, this podcast is not just about what advocates do it also about who they are as people and what motivates them.

In this episode, I am excited to have as my guest, Melissa Heatly. Melissa is a clinical child psychologist. She coordinates the school based initiatives with pediatric behavioral health and wellness at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the greater Rochester region.

Melissa is a true community organizer working through the lens of behavioral health. And in this time of pandemic, I don’t know that there are many people more important, than those who are trying to figure out along with multitudes of other people in their community, how to make sure that services stay at the level that they were before the pandemic for youth and families, and, how they can be improved.

You can learn more about Melissa Heatly and her work at the University of Rochester Medical Center Website.

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