Mental Health Work Group

The Mental Health Work Group is addressing unmet needs and working to improve issues related to mental health services especially for children and adolescents. Meetings are scheduled the third Friday of the month at 8:30 am.


Members of the work group are hosting Community Conversation about Mental Health throughout the county. These conversations provide an opportunity for people to learn about mental health issues, including breaking down misperceptions and promoting recovery, and healthy communities. Participants are able to discuss issues related to the mental health of young people and decide how to take action to improve mental health in their families, schools, and communities. These conversations can take place in schools, businesses, faith-based venues, libraries, senior centers, etc. We are available to schedule this program at your location.


The work group developed a training based on the Columbia-Suicide Assessment Tool. The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs. This training is available for school personnel, law enforcement, faith-based, social service agencies, and community members.

The Blair County Department of Social Services spearheaded the development of the Columbia Protocol App which can be downloaded. Flyer for Columbia App