Melissa Heatly – Integrating Behavioral Health and the Schools in the Midst of the Pandemic
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, refuse to sit on the sidelines and figure out a way to get it done. However, this podcast is not just about what advocates do but also about who they are 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. Amid the pandemic, I don’t know that there are many people more important than those working tirelessly, along with multitudes of other people in their community, to make sure that services stay at the level that they were before the pandemic and, how they can be improved.