Morning Zen

Our Morning Zen section of the website is the place where people can share opinion essays on hot topics in children’s mental health programming and policy.

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Note: The Children’s Mental Health Network ceased operation in December, 2023. This archived website is hosted by our long-time partners at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida.


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Findings from Interviews with Florida and Massachusetts Youth Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Stakeholders

Posted on August 18, 2021
The prevalence of youth with mental health problems in the justice system is overwhelming, especially when taking into consideration racial…
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Scientific Healing of Historic Disparities: Creating Equity in Educational and Economic Outcomes

Posted on August 15, 2021
Many white folks—especially in politics—pretend there is no such thing as historic disparities affecting racial minorities in America, especially…
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Dr. George Patrin Response to MedPage Today Article on the Need for Novel Research to Combat Suicide

Posted on June 26, 2021
Suicide Continues to Get Sad Before It Gets Sadder This article discusses the need for continued…
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Enough Already! Stop Raising Awareness and Do Something

Posted on May 14, 2021
~ This article reposted with permission from the author, Hugh Davis, Wisconsin Family Ties ~ This past week was…
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Mr. President, Science Matters: Build Back NREPP NOW (the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices)

Posted on April 16, 2021
Dear Mr. President: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Nation experienced the…
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The Tampa Conference – Celebrating 32 Years of Excellence and the End of an Era

Posted on March 28, 2021
Greetings to all who have experienced the Tampa Conference! I come to you with an announcement that includes…
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Creating Good Trouble: Starting Action Circles to Help Title I School Kids Make More Money in Their Lives

Posted on March 21, 2021
What a concept! Help Black, Brown, Red, and poor White kids earn more money with better education— “earned income” in…
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What Should the Next Assistant Secretary for SAMSHA Be and Do to Heal America Psyche?

Posted on February 04, 2021
America doesn’t feel so good in body, mind, or spirit—from children through seniors. America’s mental health was fragile before COVID-19,…
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Systems of Care Loses One of Its Biggest Fans – Burt Blau

Posted on February 04, 2021
If you attended the Tampa Conference during the years that Gary Blau was Branch Chief at SAMHSA who had responsibility…