Improving Quality Standards in Residential Care
Jennifer Bregman is in the Masters of Science program in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health with a concentration in Leadership at the University of South Florida. Jennifer is also a Certified Child Life Specialist and works with children and their families to promote positive coping strategies during their hospitalization. Jennifer is passionate about advocating for her patients and influencing change for policy decisions in favor of children’s mental health. During her internship, Jennifer will first be conducting a review of all current and proposed legislation related to quality standards for residential care programs in all 50 states. After the nationwide scan, Jennifer will then facilitate an in-depth state specific analysis and conduct interviews with various residential care leaders. Jennifer is excited for this opportunity to work with the Children’s Mental Health Network and contribute towards the future of children and their families.
Participating on a National Task Force Charged with Addressing Gun Violence
Nekesha Nash is in the Master of Science degree program in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health with a concentration in Leadership at the University of South Florida. Nekesha has worked as a case manager determining eligibility for public benefits and currently works as a director over the licensing, designation, and monitoring of substance abuse treatment providers and Baker Act receiving facilities in the state of Florida. During her internship, Nekesha will represent the Children’s Mental Health Network on a task force in the development stages to address gun violence. Nekesha’s focus on the task force will be examining and researching information related to mental illness and mass shootings. Nekesha is excited for the opportunity to work with the Children’s Mental Health Network and disseminate information related to the progress of the task force initiatives to stakeholders and supporters of the CMHN through the Morning Zen posts and other communicative means.