Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 11-13-20

November 13, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Let’s start with a big old celebration, led by an amazing group of young musicians. Enjoy their version of the Kool and the Gang mega hit – Celebration. Cuz, I think we all should do just a wee bit of celebrating right about now, don’t you? Enjoy the tune, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Scott Bryant-Comstock Receives the Tessie Brunini Schweitzer Accountability Award
It is an honor to be selected as the first recipient of the Tessie Brunini Schweitzer Accountability Award from Mississippi Families as Allies. Tessie Schweitzer was one of my great teachers on learning the art and skill of being an effective advocate. Many thanks! Details on the Awards Celebration is below:

The 7th Annual Community Partnership Celebration Is Virtually Here!
The 7th Annual Community Partnership Celebration is rapidly approaching. It will be Mississippi Families as Allies  first Virtual Celebration, and it will be live-streamed on our Facebook page using Facebook Live. As part of the celebration we will be honoring and recognizing the five outstanding people that exemplify our four core values: Caring For Every Child and Family, Excellence, Partnership and Accountability. There’s still time to sign up online to become a sponsor or register for a free ticket.

Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation – Nominations for Fellowship Program Now Open!
The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation (KTGF) announces the opening of applications for its post-doctoral Fellowship programs

  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent ADHD
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Depression
  • Fellowship in Access to Care

Nominations for Fellowship programs are now open. Nominations are due 11:59 pm EST, November 30, 2020. Applications are submitted online. This fellowship looks like a great opportunity, so get on it!

Michigan Sets Coronavirus Requirements for Residential Care Facilities
CMHNetwork Intern, Mattie Shaw, has been reviewing safety protocols in residential treatment programs from across the United States. Here is her latest update on how the state of Michigan is approaching COVID-19 protocols for residential care. “As of the beginning of October, Michigan issued an order of requirements for residential facilities to follow. Although these requirements and protocols are very detailed and helpful, it is surprising that it took seven months for residential facilities to receive specific protocols to aid them in operating through a pandemic. Each of these sections of the order has helped create  a safety management manual that all residential facilities can utilize in a pandemic. The resident and employee protections and the visitation sections I found to be most compelling. Check it out!”

COVID-19: Caring For Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs
As COVID-19 continues to spread, children and youth with special health care needs may be at increased risk for complications. This includes children with chronic conditions, disabilities, and those with medically complex conditions. School, supports, activities, and routines may also be disrupted on an ongoing basis. Included in this article are strategies parents and caregivers can use to help themselves, their families, and their children with special health care needs meet their safety, growth, and health care needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Talking to Kids About Race Improves Their Mental Health
Social scientists say that conversations about race and racial identity can help prevent negative mental health outcomes among children of color and foster resilience. Clinical child psychologist, Erlanger Turner, PhD, studied 700 Black fifth-graders to determine how perceived racism affected their well-being. The study found that children who experience racism were more likely to experience depressive symptoms. However, nurturing and involved parents may help to mitigate these negative effects.

Implementing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in Tennessee: Parent and Clinician Perspectives
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is an approach that aims to build capacity for clinicians, systematically assess children, and inform treatment plans for families. New Child Trends research on integrating this model with Tennessee’s adoption support and preservation services finds positive reviews from clinicians and adoptive families. The research also highlights the importance of using flexible, tailored, and trauma-informed services for adoptive families with intensive needs.

Some Child Care Centers Have Become More Than Places That Provide Care
Nationwide, more than 60 percent of households with children have experienced significant financial troubles due to the pandemic. Many families have struggled to meet their basic needs, dealing with eviction notices and food insecurity that persist as the pandemic continues. In an attempt to help families, some early childhood centers and nonprofits in states like Florida, Illinois, and California have stepped up, regardless of the cost, to provide stability to families with young children.

Children From Immigrant Families Are Increasingly the Face of Higher Education
A new study found that more than 5.3 million students, or nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled in colleges and universities in 2018, hailed from immigrant families, up from 20 percent in 2000. The population of so-called immigrant-origin students grew much more than that of U.S.-born students of parents also born in the United States, accounting for 58 percent of the increase in the total number of students in higher education during that period. An overwhelming majority of immigrant-origin students are U.S. citizens or legal residents. But they are likely to face barriers and limits on resources that many other students do not.

People of Color Face Significant Barriers to Mental Health Services
Mental health issues affect everyone, but people of color — Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native American people — have higher rates of some mental health disorders and face greater disparities in getting help than White people. Those issues are primarily due to lack of access to services resulting from institutional discrimination, interpersonal racism, and stigma — which can harm the psyche of people of color in places where they are not the majority.

Mental Health Care Was Severely Inequitable, Then Came the Coronavirus Crisis
As the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on communities, the need for accessible, culturally affirming mental health support services has never been more acute. In fact, before the pandemic, the U.S. mental health care system was already failing, particularly for people of color and minorities.

Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign “Think Teeth”
You can help spread the word about the availability of Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign “Think Teeth” oral health educational materials for pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of children and teens that may be eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If your organization reaches any one of these audiences, paste the posts below on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to share oral health tips and resources. You can also engage your partner organizations and let them know about these free materials. Follow the Campaign at @IKNgov for additional tips throughout the year and tag your social posts to #Enroll365, #KidsEnroll, or #ThinkTeeth.

Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign “Piense en Los Dientes”
Puedes ayudar a difundir el mensaje de la Campaña Nacional de Conectando Niños a la Cobertura “Piense en los Dientes.” Ayuda también a difundir la disponibilidad de materiales educativos de salud oral para las mujeres embarazadas, madres y cuidadores de niños y adolescentes que pueden ser elegibles para la cobertura de salud gratis o de bajo costo a través de Medicaid y el Programa de Seguro Médico de Niños (CHIP). Si su organización llega a cualquiera de estas audiencias, copia y pegue los siguientes mensajes a las plataformas de medios sociales como Twitter y Facebook para compartir consejos y recursos de salud oral. También puede involucrar a sus organizaciones asociadas y haciéndole saber acerca de estos materiales gratuitos. Siga la Campaña en @IKNgov para obtener consejos adicionales durante todo el año y etiquetar tus mensajes sociales a #Enroll365, #KidsEnroll, o #ThinkTeeth.

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

In addition to my role with the CMHNetwork, I host The Optimistic Advocate Podcast, a weekly interview show where I explore how innovative people find ways to improve mental health for themselves, others, and the community at-large.

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