Building Collaborative Partnerships to Support Mental Health Resilience for Teens

Mar 15, 2019


Breakout Room #3


Jeni Olsen from Teens Connect and Rob Weiss from Mentis will discuss how they effectively built a strong partnership with our local school districts, hospitals and most importantly students in Napa County, in order to launch a school-based mental health and wellness program which is free for students. By defining the problem and sharing a vision for solutions, coordinating efforts in a cohesive and comprehensive manner, building trust and relationships between organizations, and tracking progress to allow for continuous improvement, this effort is demonstrating how the power of collective impact can improve the mental health and wellness of teens in a community.


School counselors/social workers/therapists, mental health/public health non-profit sector

Audience Takeaways:

Participants will learn how to build strong, collaborative relationships between organizations for a greater collective impact. Participants will learn hands-on tools for engaging and empowering youth in order to design effective programs.


Rob Weiss, LCSW- Executive Director, Mentis

Rob Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), is responsible for the management and oversight of all services, staff, and fiscal operations. Mr. Weiss has been with Mentis since 1996 and brings nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of mental health settings to this agency. Previous to becoming the Executive Director in 2011, he was Clinical Director at the agency for 8 years. Mr. Weiss holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a licensed clinician in good standing with the state of California since 1999. During his mental health career, he has worked as a clinician with a wide range of client populations in addition to being an administrator for a variety of programs serving people of all ages.

  • Jeni Olsen

    Executive Director

    Teens Connect


    BIO: Jeni Olsen is an inspiring thought leader, visionary, and changemaker. She is a passionate advocate for youth mental health, resiliency, and empowerment. As an executive director, speaker, and writer, Jeni is often sought out for her in-depth expertise around teens and her forward-thinking, collaborative approach to supporting them and their complex needs. After two

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