Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 2-4-22

February 05, 2022

Greetings, Network faithful. Let’s start this edition of Friday Update with one of my favorite groups – Reina del Cid. Such wondrous, talented musicians. Enjoy their performance of Medium and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

New Episode of The Optimistic Advocate – Floyd Garrison: Poetic Truth
Lloyd Garrison speaks his truth through poetry and spoken word in this episode of The Optimistic Advocate podcast. This innovative advocate has touched many lives through his decades of service to youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families.

Impact of COVID-19 on OCD Symptoms and Parenting
Dr. Amy Przeworski, at Case Western Reserve University, is conducting an online study to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on children and their families. For this study, the team at Case Western Reserve is looking for families of children with OCD and families of children who do not have OCD. This type of research helps to improve therapies and learn more about the psychological impact of COVID-19. Let’s help Amy out and share this opportunity through your networks.

Evidence-Based Treatments are Effective for Children in the Child Welfare System: Connecticut’s Family First Prevention Services Plan Can Expand Access to Effective Care
This Issue Brief explores opportunities through Connecticut’s Family First Prevention Services plan to build an array of effective behavioral health treatments and other services for those children most at-risk for foster home placement with the goal of keeping families together.

Supporting Families’ Access to Child Care and Early Education: A Descriptive Profile of States’ Consumer Education Websites
A new report offers recommendations states can use to improve their consumer education websites and help parents find high-quality, affordable child care. For example, only eight state consumer education websites currently provide information on child care that is easy to find and addresses affordability, child development, and parent needs like location or work schedules.

COVID-19 Research, Evaluation, and Data Agenda for Child Care and Early Education
A new research, evaluation, and data agenda aims to help child care and early education leaders consider how COVID-19 has and will impact children, families, programs, and policies. The agenda gives leaders tools to address racial inequities, develop new projects and data initiatives, and more.

White House Fact Sheet on Youth Mental Health
This statement from the White House calls for eliminating barriers and expanding the full continuum of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for youth and prioritizing the integration of these services into settings where young people and their families can access them.

Unstuck and On Target Parent Support Videos
These innovative new videos for parents to help them get unstuck and on target for addressing the needs of third through fifth graders.

Behavioral Health Equity and Incarceration Virtual Roundtable
The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity (KSCMHE), in partnership with WellPath Care, will host a series of virtual round-tables to address the landscape of inequities that affect justice-involved individuals. The invited panelists will represent a diverse, inclusive, and unique set of voices in the field to speak on a myriad of issues that influence outcomes for individuals affected by the criminal justice system. Please join the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity’s second installment in this five-part series on February 15th, 11:00 – 12:30 EST. Registration is free and open to the public.

Broader Array of Programs and Services Needed for Tribal Communities and Communities of Color
Children and families of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. This brief provides an overview of 10 culturally specific and two culturally responsive programs and services designed by tribal communities and communities of color and the evidence for each. 

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About the Author

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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