Upcoming webinar on preventing suicide among justice-involved youth

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This webinar will describe new resources from the Action Alliance’s Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force. This webinar will summarize the work of the Juvenile Justice Task Force and include in-depth discussion of the research findings and recommendations.  It will be the first of a series of webinars that will be archived with the materials described above. Juvenile justice, suicide prevention, and mental health stakeholders on the Federal, state and local levels are encouraged to attend.

  • Download the flyer and share it with your colleagues.
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT
    This event will be offered as a live webcast. 
  • For additional information or to register, please visit http://www.wciconferences.com/JJTF/index.html. Advance Registration Is Required.

Linda Rosenberg, National Council President & CEO gives thanks to "extraordinary people" for passage of Excellence in Mental Health Act

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We are reprinting an email post from Linda Rosenberg, President & CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. The National Council led the effort to get the Excellence in Mental Health Act passed and on March 31st, President Obama signed it into law. Big time props to the National Council for their relentless efforts to improve mental health services for those who need it most. Read Linda's post below and be sure to visit the National Council website to learn more about what they do - they do it well!

National Council communication - April 7, 2014
For a time, I relinquished my regular “Letter from Linda” in favor of more “modern” correspondence — blogs, videos, tweets. But, something extraordinary happened last Monday that warrants a real letter.

We did it! The most historic piece of mental health legislation in 51 years passed — the first significant federal investment since the Community Mental Health Act in 1963.

The Excellence in Mental Health Act establishes a two-year, eight state Medicaid demonstration project. Participating states will receive 90% FMAP for the range of health services, including primary care screening, mental health, substance use, and crisis services delivered by Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. And the Act sets new standards and establishes prospective payments for the designated behavioral health organizations. 

After the Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson and so many manmade tragedies, every politician spoke of the need for more mental health services, screening, and education. But, like you, I worried they were platitudes. I worried they would never vote to take promise to reality. With things in Washington the way they are, I had my doubts that they would pass a bill calling for new Medicaid funding.

Yet, that’s exactly what happened. Congress passed it on Monday, March 31, and President Obama signed it into law.

None of this would exist without extraordinary people — and extraordinary efforts.

Senator Debbie Stabenow — watching her reminded me of stories about Lyndon Johnson, but with a gentler touch. Partnered with Senator Roy Blunt, they crossed the aisle to work together with passion for the issue and skill for the process. Representatives Doris Matsui and Leonard Lance led the House effort to success. And thank you to Congressman Tim Murphy for his support of the Excellence Act.

The National Council board told us to get it done and allocated the needed resources. Chuck Ingoglia was our brilliant leader, aided by the skilled Rebecca Farley, our policy team, and the support of our entire staff. We depended upon Al Guida, our contract lobbyist who has been with me since I joined the National Council. He spent nights and weekends on the phone with Chuck and Hill staff. They were joined by the newest member of our lobbying team, Catherine Finley. Catherine ensured both sides of the aisle and both Houses remembered that individuals and families in crisis know no politics or party.

But all of DC’s horses and all DC’s men — and women — couldn’t put this together alone.

Everyday people — incredible people — immune to politics, traveled to DC and stood up repeatedly to tell their stories, to create urgency for the cause.

Malkia Newman from Detroit lived more than 30 years with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. She finally got the care she needed from the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. Today, she lives a successful life — and serves as the Authority’s Board Chair. From the beginning, she reminded us of what we were working for. 

Sheriff Brian Gootkin from Gallatin County, Montana educated Congress on the consequences for law enforcement of untreated mental illness. Every day first responders are asked to be mental health professionals. Our jails are filled with people who need mental health or substance use treatment or both. Sheriff Gootkin made it clear that inadequate services hurts the whole community. 

And then there is you. You have to own making this happen — your calls to Congress, your Hill Day visits to the offices of your Senators and Representatives, your advocacy, your support of the National Council. You made this happen.

But we still have promises left to fulfill. If I have learned one thing, it’s that when a long-road ends, it’s often met with a long-road ahead.

Much work remains. We must ensure high-quality efficient services are accessible to all. That no adult or child or family stands alone. That the Excellence Act is not another empty promise, part of the healthcare industry, but is our true north — our pledge to apply the best science, to go the extra mile, and to represent all that is good in medicine.

Bill Gates had it right when he said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”

I look forward to talking with you, learning from you, and taking the Excellence Act nationwide.

Read more about the new law we created. Our future is in it.

Let’s call it our 10-year plan.

Best regards,

Announcing the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program

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The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), and the National League of Cities (NLC) are pleased to announce that the application window for the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program is now open through May 30, 2014.  The program, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will run September 8-10, 2014 at Georgetown University. 

The Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program presents an excellent opportunity for prosecutors, probation officers, law enforcement officials, and other juvenile justice leaders to obtain in-depth training, education, and guidance on juvenile diversion policies, practices and programs. By participating in this intensive and interactive program, attendees will be equipped to implement or improve juvenile diversion programming in their jurisdiction, and thereby reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, avoid wasteful spending, reduce the collateral consequences youth encounter from exposure to the juvenile justice system, and improve outcomes for youth and families. After completing the program, participants will be responsible for the development of a capstone project -- a set of actions each participant will design and undertake within their organization or community to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to juvenile diversion. 

Please visit the CJJR web site where you will find detailed information about the program, including how to apply, tuition, and available subsidies for those with financial need. Again, applications are due by May 30, 2014.  Direct questions to ssp56@georgetown.edu or call Sarah S. Pearson, Program Manager at (202) 687-4907.

Starting and supporting family advisory groups: A “How-To” webinar

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Join the National Center for Medical Home Implementation for the last installment of a free 3-part webinar series focusing on the promotion of partnership and teamwork in pediatric medical homes. This webinar will provide a detailed “How-To” description of starting and supporting family advisory groups, examples of best practices, and insights from parent partners.

  • Starting and Supporting Family Advisory Groups: A “How-To” Webinar
    April 24, 11 am – noon CDT
    Register here.

Details on National Federation activities for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

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The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is selling green ribbons, lapel pins, stickers and more to help you prepare for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Click Here to order your green ribbon supplies. As well, they are hosting a fun and interactive poster contest. You can learn more about their planned activities for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week here.

Also announced - The Federation is partnering with the Bazelon Center and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 8th. 

StopBullying.gov updates image gallery

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stopbullyingThey say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that can be particularly true when conveying the pain that bullying can cause. But images can also inspire. Inspire teens to be a friend, to be strong, and to ask for help when they need it. 

StopBullying.gov recently updated its image gallery to provide inspiration and thought-provoking graphics to help spread the word about bullying prevention. We encourage you to share these images through your social networks to help spread the message that bullying is not ok. 

Additionally, for the past year StopBullying.gov's Tumblr page has been working to inspire teens to be more than a bystander when they witness bullying, and to love themselves for who they are. Share the page with a teen in your life.

Day of Silence (April 11, 2014)

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Silence can create change!

That’s why every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This quiet but powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Anyone can organize a Day of Silence activity or event, and it can be a powerful way to band together and take a stand. Learn more about how to register, organize, what your rights are, and what to do if those rights aren’t being respected.

Strength in numbers. Solidarity in silence.


Alamance County pediatric practices one of a kind in positive parenting

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Congratulations to Children's Mental Health Network Advisory Council member Martha Kaufman for spearheading the development of a model Family Centered Medical Home that incorporates the Triple P program in pediatric practices in Alamance County, North Carolina. According to the international developers of the Positive Parenting Program, the integration of Triple P into the daily operations of pediatric primary care practices in Alamance County is a national and international best practice model. We could not be more proud. Read the press announcement below:

  • The successful and comprehensive integration of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program within pediatric primary care practices in Alamance County is unique not only in the state but across the US. 

    Triple P America Implementation Consultant, Randy Ahn said lessons learned from this implementation site will be used to inform Triple P rollouts in other states and other countries. “As I spoke with several key providers and colleagues around the world, it’s become clear that Alamance County has put together one of the most coherent and complete models for introducing and integrating Triple P in primary care thus far,” said Dr. Ahn. 

    Alamance County’s two largest pediatric practices, Burlington Pediatrics and Kernodle Clinic Pediatrics, through NC Project LAUNCH, have implemented a Family Centered Medical Home model that incorporates Triple P into each doctor’s visit. Triple P is a parenting support resource that encourages small changes in parent/caregiver and child behavior to build positive relationships within the family. In this Family Centered Medical Home model, physicians and nurses implement basic level parenting education at each doctor’s visit and if additional social-emotional support is needed, providers at the office use warm hand-offs to connect families to a co-located Early Childhood Team. “Triple P takes advantage of in-the- moment care and opens the door to better, ongoing communication between parents and health care professionals,” said Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary for Health Services/Medicaid Transformation and Acting State Health Director. “As consistent application of these techniques grows throughout the child services community, the doctor-parent-child bond becomes stronger, encouraging future opportunities to improve parenting skills.” Within the practices, 16 medical practitioners and staff have been trained and accredited in Triple P. Additionally, local Project Manager for NC LAUNCH, Ann Meletzke, has overseen training and accreditation for more than 150 staff at child-serving agencies in the county, offering parent education and support for caregivers throughout the community. 

    “Triple P is an incredible tool that allows providers, community resource staff, and parents to use the same language when talking about parenting and child behavior,” said Martha Kaufman, Local Project Director for NC LAUNCH. “We know that when a parent receives support at their doctor’s office, they will receive the same message and support when they interact with staff within the school system, at child care facilities, or at the hospital.” Triple P’s Dr. Ahn adds, “Speaking a common language and coordinating services across agencies and sectors is a hallmark of successful public health programs and should benefit all children and families in the county.” 

    Funding for NC Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is made possible through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, HHS to the NC Division of Public Health. Project LAUNCH uses evidence-based programs to support families of young children, promote early childhood learning, development and overall child wellness. “Alamance County has developed a strong model for integrating mental health supports and services into primary care practice,” says Dr. Jennifer Oppenheim, the federal lead for this national grant program. “We’re so pleased to see how these pediatric practices have embraced Triple P and are now able to offer parents a wide array of services to help children thrive.” 
  • To learn more about the Family Centered Medical Home model developed for NC Project LAUNCH contact Martha Kaufman. You can also learn more about these efforts through the new Practical Playbook, an interactive web-based tool promoting collaboration between public health and medicine, developed by the Centers for Disease Control, Duke Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the de Beaumont Foundation at: https://practicalplaybook.org/success-story/north-carolina-improves-child-wellness-programs

The hustle: Economics of the underground sex economy

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The Urban Institute is out with a new research-based interactive feature that sheds new light on the scope of America’s underground commercial sex economy.

Just how big is the country’s underground commercial sex economy? Finding the answer is a critical first step for enabling decisionmakers to make informed choices about how to combat the harm that happens within this illicit market.

Meredith Dank, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center and her  colleagues tackled the question in their reportthe first to close the gap in what we know about the nature and scope of the commercial sex economies in American cities. Through interviews with convicted pimps, they uncovered information on how businesses are operated, how men and women enter and are recruited into the trade, and how the Internet is changing the street-based commercial sex economy.

Their research also yields the first scientifically rigorous estimates of the revenue generated in seven cities in 2003 and 2007—totals that range from $39.9 million to $290 million.

Armed with these insights, policymakers and practitioners can amplify efforts to create and implement prevention and intervention strategies that better address how individuals enter and remain working within these underground economies.

  • This is disturbing information but important for Network faithful to be aware of. Details here.

Children of color face significant barriers to success, report finds

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African-American, Latino, Native American, and some subgroups of Asian-American children face significant barriers to achieving success in school and life, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds.

Based on a new Race for Results index, the report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children (36 pages, PDF), compared data derived from twelve indicators of a child's success in each stage of life and found that most children of color are less likely to grow up in economically successful families, live in supportive communities, and meet developmental, health, and educational milestones. Among other things, the report found that Asians/Pacific Islanders scored highest overall (776 out of a possible composite score of 1,000), followed by whites (704), Latinos (404), Native Americans (387), and African Americans (345), with similar results in nearly every state.

The report also found that African-American children in Michigan, Mississippi, and Wisconsin faced the greatest barriers to success and that some subgroups within the Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities face greater barriers than others. For example, among Asian/Pacific Islanders, children of Southeast Asian descent (Burmese, Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese) were the least likely to live in families with incomes of at least 200 percent of the poverty level, while among Latinos, children of Mexican and Central American descent were the least likely to do so. Latino children in immigrant families also scored lower on most indicators than Latino children in non-immigrant families.

The report calls for a multisector effort to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and, among other things, recommends collecting and analyzing racial/ethnic data to inform policy and decision making; using data and impact assessment tools to target investments on interventions with the greatest potential to make a difference for children and youth of color; and integrating strategies that connect vulnerable groups to jobs and economic opportunities.

"This first-time index shows that many in our next generation, especially kids of color, are off track in many issue areas and in nearly every region of the country," said Casey Foundation president and CEO Patrick McCarthy. "Race for Results is a call to action that requires serious and sustained attention from the private, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors to create equitable opportunities for children of color, who will play an increasingly large role in our nation's well-being and prosperity."

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