Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 4-11-21

April 11, 2021

Greetings, Network faithful. I am a big fan of “The Other Favorites,” two guitar pickers who know how to bring it! Enjoy their version of Old Home Place and the get to readin’ Friday Update cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Live in Person – The Legendary Karl Dennis! Tuesday, April 13 at 2 pm EST
The Georgia Parent Support Network invites you to join them on Tuesday, April 13 at 2 pm EST to hear from the legendary Karl Dennis at their weekly statewide parent education and support group meeting. The topic is: Wraparound Services that are individualized and community-based and focus on the strength of children and families and the power of their culture and voice. Karl will share stories and lessons learned in the field while supporting children and families. You don’t want to miss this!

The Tampa Conference – Celebrating 32 Years of Excellence and the End of an Era
I come to you with an announcement that includes a mixture of joy and pride, and admittedly, a tinge of sadness. After much reflection and conversation with Mario Hernandez, Chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida, we have decided to let the Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, affectionately known as “The Tampa Conference,” have a much-deserved rest. Get out your handkerchief and read my heartfelt thank you to all things Tampa Conference!

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report
The CDC recently released an updated Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report capturing the years 2009-2019. This report provides data summarizing trends related to sexual behavior, substance use, experiencing violence, and mental health and suicide. One of the goals of the report is to translate research on what works to help youth and support establishment and implementation of systems that connect youth and young adults to behavioral health services.

Honest Conversations About Racism and Mental Health, Featuring a Provider, a Mother and a Young Adult
Welcome to another episode of The Optimistic Advocate. In this episode, we get the opportunity to hear both professional and personal perspectives on the topic of the impact of racial injustice on the provision of behavioral health services in Broward County, Florida. Guests on this episode include a mother of two adult sons, a young man who has experience with the mental health system, and a mental health services provider. It’s an incredible episode you will not want to miss!

The Demand for Rehabilitation Counselors is on the Rise!
More certified rehabilitation counselors are needed to support the growing elderly population and other groups such as veterans and people with disabilities. Are you interested in contributing to the well-being of these individuals?  USF has an online self-directed study program that can help you prepare to sit for the CRC certification examination. 

Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Children’s Behavioral Health Treatments: Role of a Train-The-TrainerApproach
CHDI and the State of Connecticut are working to improve the quality of children’s behavioral health care by disseminating evidence-based treatments across the state. Recent research from Connecticut shows that EBTs are more effective than “usual care” and may reduce disparities in treatment outcomes for children of color. While EBTs are considered best practice, making them widely available for children and families in community and clinical settings has proven challenging and most children still do not receive EBTs. This Issue Brief explores the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) model as a promising strategy for expanding the availability of evidence-based treatments so that more children and families can access high quality care.

CDC Announces $2.25 Billion to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities in Communities that are at High-Risk and Underserved
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [recently] announced a plan to invest $2.25 billion over two years to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related health disparities and advance health equity among populations that are at high-risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural areas. This funding represents CDC’s largest investment to date to support communities affected by COVID-19-related health disparities.

Seattle Children’s Mental Health Unit Filled Past Capacity Amid Pandemic
Seattle Children’s hospital said its Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) is seeing an unprecedented number of kids facing mental health emergencies. Clinical Director Dr. Alysha Thompson said the mental-health system is over-burdened. The unit has 41 beds. Thompson said before the coronavirus pandemic, the unit was running at or near capacity, but now the hospital’s overflow space is full, and, in some cases, kids are being put on a waitlist to see professional help.

Promoting Children’s Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Health in All Public Systems, Post-COVID-19
Interesting read by long-time system of care advocate Kimberly Hoagwood and colleagues on how we can best meet children and youth’s behavioral health needs post-pandemic.
The Children-First Marshall Plan is founded on an ethic that recognizes children have the human right to grow up in environments that promote their mental, emotional and behavioral well-being. The economic collapse of Europe following the Second World War created an urgent need to protect the next generation of children and youth, just as the pandemic does today. The original Marshall Plan sought to revive those economies; in this paper, we call for a Children-First Marshall plan to protect the next generation by restoring and improving cross-system child services.

Data Reveals Significant Racial Disparities in School Reopening
The Coronavirus pandemic exposed long-standing inequities baked into the country’s public education system, and now, a year after schools shuttered for more than 50 million children, parents finally have their first glimpse at the depths of the racial disparities that stand to haunt the U.S. for years to come. As of January, more than half of all Black, Hispanic and Asian fourth-graders were learning in a fully remote environment. By comparison, a quarter of white students were learning fully remotely, and instead nearly half of white students were learning in-person, full-time.

Remote Learning Has Taken a Toll on the Mental and Physical Health of Both Parents and Children During the Pandemic
One year after the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools nationwide, a CDC survey released Thursday shows that remote learning has taken a toll on both parent’s and children’s mental and physical health. The survey of 1,290 parents found that 45.7% of children were in remote learning only, 30.9% were going to school for in-person instruction, and 23.4% received a mix of the two.

Community Health Leadership Forum
The Community Health Leadership Forum is a virtual event series from U.S. News & World Report focused on improving community health across the country. Hear from leading voices from across sectors who are collaborating to address the social determinants of health, reduce inequities, and make a lasting difference in their populations’ well-being. The forum draws on the data-driven analysis and policy journalism of the Healthiest Communities platform, developed by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, an independent charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health.

Bolstering Family Income Is Essential to Helping Children Emerge Successfully From the Current Crisis
From our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Tens of millions of people, especially in households with children, are struggling to put food on the table, make rent, or cover basic expenses. At least 10 million children have a family member who is unemployed or lacks paid work because of the pandemic. Children’s alarming rates of food and housing hardship risk inflicting sustained harm to the well-being and potential of a generation, but a strong package of income support policies can lower this risk and help more children realize their potential. While relief measures enacted last year have helped, it is clear that millions of families with children have struggled throughout the crisis and that without more help, hardship will remain high for months to come.

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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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