Network faithful take note - If you want to be part of the national discussion to review the current definition of "Seriously Emotionally Disturbed" then you will want to pay attention to this announcement from SAMHSA:
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is beginning a review of the definition of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED). This definition was established in 1993 and Block Grant funds are required to use this definition in their planning and service implementation. The current definition of SED states that children with SED are:
- From birth up to age 18
- Who currently or at any time during the past year,
- Have had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within DSM-III-R,
- That resulted in functional impairment which substantially interferes with or limits the child's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
A webinar will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 2:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time to begin this discussion.
Dr. Gary Blau will introduce an effort by SAMHSA to review the current definition of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). The goal of the review is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the definition and the implications if the definition is revised. This Interactive Dialogue & Listening Session will provide an opportunity for constituents to provide thoughtful feedback on this topic. Register for the webinar and come prepared with your thoughts and ideas.
- Read the Notification letter from SAMHSA for more details.