Elizabeth V. Freeman
Elizabeth Freeman provides technical assistance to Safe Schools Healthy Student grantees at AIR. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years extensive experience providing clinical mental health/behavioral health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, trauma and treatment interventions for children, youth and families in community and school settings. Freeman has worked in community mental health, schools, pre/post adoption services, early childhood settings, juvenile justice intervention programs, nonprofit and advocacy agencies, and faith-based community counseling services.
Freeman also brings extensive administrative experience in building collaborations among community groups, utilizing evidence-based practices, and implementing systems level change to improve and expand mental health services in schools for children and families. Prior to her work at AIR, she was the state director for school mental health services for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health where she provided leadership to obtain federal and state grants to develop over 500 school mental health programs across SC from 1996-2007, and served as principal investigator on federal and state grants.
Freeman has extensive experience in providing training, program development, and consultation to schools and community organizations/agencies (e.g. mental health, social service, alcohol/drug prevention/intervention, juvenile justice, advocates, non-profits and faith-based organizations). Freeman has worked to promote mental health early intervention; treatment and recovery efforts for children, youth and families; and supported community efforts to build sustainable comprehensive programs. Freeman is an avid supporter of evaluation to determine best practice methods to support mental health promotion, intervention, treatment and recovery.