Christy Gauss, M.S.W. is the School Mental Health Facilitator for the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative, which is part of the Institute for Disability and Community (IIDC) housed at Indiana University and is the former System of Care (SOC) Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). In both positions she has been grateful for the opportunity to work to ensure that all of Indiana’s students are mentally and emotionally healthy so they are both ready to learn and can achieve their full potential. In her current position she aims to provide guidance, resources, and trainings to aid schools and their community partners in providing a continuum-of-care that addresses everything from prevention through crisis intervention in an integrated way that focuses on all social-emotional barriers to student learning. In recognizing that schools cannot do this alone, she also works to create partnerships at the community, regional, and state level. Christy further aims to help pilot a mental health framework, informed by the lens of Educational Neuroscience and the need to create Trauma Sensitive Schools, which connects to the larger community System of Care (SOC). Further, she believes that the mental and emotional needs of Indiana’s teachers and school staff must be met first in order to accomplish the above goals and meeting these needs is a critical piece of the work she is doing. Christy has worked with children and families as a preschool teacher, a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children, at the Division of Mental Health and Addictions, and as a school social worker. Christy earned her B. A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and her M.S.W. from Indiana University.