Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 11-20-20

November 20, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Oh man, we got us some major holidays coming up, so just in case you need a reminder, cuz apparently, some of you do, wear a mask! Wanna make America great again? Easy. Remember that one of the founding principles of this great nation is our compassion for our fellow Americans. We pride ourselves on helping others, looking out for others, and helping others succeed. And here is the kicker – right now, the best way we can do that is by wearing a mask. So, hitch up your britches, show off your cool face gear, and get inspired by this rousing (edited) version of “Be Our Guest,” or in this case, “Wear a Mask.” Note – there is some mildly strong language, so you have been warned. Thanks to Network Faithful, KCRockerChick (that’s her handle) for sending it in. Enjoy the video, listen to the not so subtle message, and get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Celebrating the Life of Randy Feltman
The children’s mental health world lost one of its giants with the passing of Randy Feltman. Architect of “The Ventura Model,” which shaped our understanding of systems of care in the 1980s, Feltman was much loved and revered by those who worked with him and those (like me) who tried to emulate him as we followed in his footsteps. Please read this heartfelt tribute to Randy from Mario Hernandez and Steve Elson. 

And the universe paused, breathed in, and emerged stronger. Keep sailing, brother. With much admiration – Scott

Advancing Integrated Care in the COVID-19 Era
COVID-19 has heightened the need for a team-based approach to treatment that integrates primary care with behavioral health services, say Harold Pincus and colleagues in a new Commonwealth Fund report. Advancing the use of digital mental health services, they say, is one way health care systems can both increase access to integrated care and alleviate workforce shortages.

Save the Date for Virtual NNEDLearn 2021!
Check out the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) eleventh annual training opportunity for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2021.  The goal of NNEDLearn is to develop members’ skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate mental illness and substance use prevention and treatment practices and to support practice implementation.

This training model includes two introductory webinars, a three-day virtual intensive training, and four follow-up virtual coaching sessions.  NNEDLearn participants will engage in the virtual intensive training sessions on March 23-25, 2021 through Zoom.

Applications to participate in the virtual NNEDLearn 2021 will be posted on the NNEDLearn page soon.

We encourage those who are not already NNED members to join the NNED (it’s free!), become part of a virtual network of peers, and take advantage of resources and opportunities like NNEDLearn.

COVID-19: Child Welfare Resources
This post includes four resource guides to help state legislators address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on children, families, and caseworkers involved with the child welfare system. The resource guides address the following topics: COVID-19 and Child Welfare Caseworkers, COVID-19 and Congregate Care Facilities, COVID-19 and Foster and Kinship Caregivers, COVID-19 and Older Youth in the Child Welfare System.

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!

How Hope Tools can Inspire STEM Success in Young Women
Join Kathyrn Goetzke, on this week’s episode of the Hope Matrix as she speaks to Sandy Marshall about her efforts to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM. Sandy is the founder, CEO, and visionary of Project Scientist, a national nonprofit that turns girls age 4 to 12 onto science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She is passionate about igniting girls’ confidence that a STEM career is obtainable for any girl.

School-Related Physical Activity Interventions and Mental Health Among Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Low levels of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and mental health problems have received considerable attention in the last decade. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to investigate the effects of interventions targeting school-related physical activity or sedentary behavior on mental health in children and adolescents and identify effective interventions’ features.

Data Tool Offers Unique Perspective on AI/AN Communities and Youth
A new Child Trends report, featuring an interactive word cloud, analyzes Twitter data to help advocates, researchers, and data scientists understand social media conversations relevant to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and youth from January 2015 through July 2020. The report’s findings contextualize social media best practices for audiences looking to engage around topics relevant to AI/AN communities and youth.

Children’s Health and Well Being During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This brief examines how a range of economic and societal disruptions stemming from COVID-19 may affect children’s and families’ health and well-being. It draws on published literature as well as pre-pandemic data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and the National School-Based Health Care Census, recent survey data on experiences during the pandemic, data tracking the number of cases resulting from school openings, and preliminary reports based on claims data evaluating service utilization among Medicaid and CHIP child beneficiaries. Many children are currently facing substantial access barriers, emotional strain, and financial hardship that could have long-term repercussions for their lives. Policies to ensure access to needed health services, mainly behavioral health services, and facilitate access to social services to support families with children, can help address some of the consequences children are currently facing.

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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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