Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 12-3-21

December 03, 2021

Greetings, Network faithful. This time of the year, especially with the year we have had, reminds me of the importance of having faith in each other. Enjoy this cover of the John Hiatt song, ‘Have a Little Faith in Me‘ by one of my favorite young musicians, Carson McKee. Sit back and enjoy the tune and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

TCOM Town Hall with Dr. John Lyons: Using Technology In Supporting Our Work
Please join this webinar on December 9th at 11am-12pm (PST) for a “Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) Town Hall with Dr. John Lyons-Using Technology in Supporting Our Work.” The use of technology has led the charge in supporting all of us during the pandemic. We have all learned creative and effective ways to support those we serve. Dr. Lyons will share the new developments in the collaborative, especially TCOM Channel and the 2022 TCOM Conference being held in New Orleans, Louisiana in September. The 1-hour session will examine impact of COVID, especially in the areas of trauma and health equity.

Families Wanted! Survey on Telehealth for Wraparound and SOC
A new blog post from the NWI reviews research – from both before and during the pandemic – that has implications for the use of telehealth for Wraparound and Systems of Care. The research suggests that telehealth can have positive impacts on efficiency, effectiveness and equity. Does this match your experiences with telehealth? Let us know by taking the 3-minute NWI Telehealth Survey. Families are particularly invited, but all participants in Wraparound/SoC are welcome.

How Do We SEE and SUPPORT Children of Incarcerated Parents
Launched in 2015 by the Osborne Association’s New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP), See Us, Support Us (SUSU) raises awareness and increases support for children of incarcerated parents. SUSU is a year-round effort with national partners, culminating in a month of action in October. This October, the campaign focused on supporting children’s educational success and wellbeing from early childhood through college. Learn how one amazing program in North Carolina (Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons Center) stepped up to the challenge!

Insights Into Health Equity After COVID-19
Two pioneers in battling health disparities — former United States Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, and Affordable Care Act expert Daniel Dawes, JD — offer lessons from history and a path forward to help heal our nation. As COVID-19 has ravaged the United States, some groups have suffered far more than others.

Promoting Social Skills in Toddlers with Autism
The COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges for families – especially for those with children with learning needs. A new study shows that supportive interactions between parents and kids can help toddlers with social situations. Parents are always looking for ways to help their kids make friends. But if you have a child with autism, social interaction may be tricky. Now, researchers say with the right tools, parents can help toddlers with autism engage with others.

Findings from the Mobile Crisis Annual Report – FY 2021
Despite the significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services continued to provide effective care and exceeded benchmarks for mobility and response time.

For Black Students, Unfairly Harsh Discipline Can Lead to Lower Grades
Black students are often subject to harsher discipline at school than white students. According to research published by the American Psychological Association, those punishments can damage students’ perceptions of their school and negatively impact their academic success years later.

The State Of Mental Health In America 2022
For the eighth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health in America report, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 15 mental health access and prevalence measures. The report illuminates the continuing crisis both in the prevalence of mental health conditions and access to mental health services. We must do more to ensure that Americans can lead mentally healthy lives.

National Council for Mental Wellbeing Releases a New Web-Based Guide: Connecting Communities for Youth Mental Wellbeing
Youth of all races, identities, and abilities deserve equitable access to mental health supports that are inclusive and responsive to their lived experiences. By sharing power with youth in decision-making, community-based organizations can empower young people to channel their voices of lived experience and create new, more inclusive approaches to improving youth wellbeing. Meaningful youth-adult partnerships across the nation are inspiring transformational community change to build responsive community support systems that nurture resilience, self-efficacy, and mental wellbeing.

Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis: The Importance of Care for Caregivers—Tips for Parents and Teachers
From the National Association of School Psychologists, this web page features a thorough explanation of chronic stress, grief linked to the pandemic, and warning signs that caregivers and educators may experience when caring for youth during COVID-19. The web page includes a range of recommended resources for parents and educators and resources for general self-care.

Modernizing Race and Ethnicity Data in Our Federal Health Programs
The path to health equity starts with collecting, reporting, and using complete, accurate, and reliable data on race and ethnicity. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, the U.S. does a poor job of this. Researchers from Grantmakers in Health and the National Committee for Quality Assurance have outlined an agenda for modernizing racial and ethnic data collection in federal health programs. They say two of the most significant barriers are the lack of a sufficient federal standard and misconceptions and fear over how the data will be used.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. 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 to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

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