Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 6-12-20

June 12, 2020

Hey Network faithful, let’s start with some Nina Simone, singing Sinnerman. No video for this one, so give your ears a chance to flex their muscles. Sit back, close your eyes, and drink in the music, words, and meaning. Enjoy the remarkable Nina Simone, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Three Reasons Why Progressive White Males Choose Not to Speak out About Racial Injustice and One Reason Why They Absolutely Must
With a bit of gentle nudging from readers, I weigh in with my thoughts on the responsibility of progressive white males to speak out about racial injustice. I consider myself a progressive white male. And I am clear that I don’t do near enough to call out racial injustice when I see it. This podcast episode is candid and personal. Somehow the spoken word form seemed more appropriate than the written form to convey my thoughts. In this episode, I talk about three reasons that may keep progressive white males from speaking out (articulation, misinterpretation, backlash) and one (cuz there only needs to be one) reason why progressive white males absolutely must speak out. As much as I love progressive white guys, we are the weakest link in making change. Huh? Yep, we are. I hope you will listen to my voice, as vulnerable as it is, and then comment, or more important, think of what you can do to move the dialogue forward.

If you want to learn more about how you can find your voice on racial injustice, here are some resources for you to check out. And many thanks to Network faithful for sending in these resources. If you have resources that you find particularly valuable, let us know!

Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race
As US racial divisions and inequities grow sharper and more painful, envisioning and creating systems of authentic racial inclusion and belonging in the United States remains work in progress. The founders of EmbraceRace believe that reversing the trend must begin in our homes, schools, and communities with our children’s hearts and minds.

First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources for White People
For white people who are interested in getting more intentional about deepening anti-racism work, here is a list of resources to help aid in that effort. This list is by no means exhaustive. Start by picking one book, one article, or one podcast. Pick a friend to talk to about it and hold you accountable.

How to Explain Racism to Kids
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes questions along with CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill about how to combat racism and shares a message with kids about how to make a change.

Black Mental Health Resources
This document is intended to help members of the Black community find resources for mental health support, including those experiencing violence-based trauma.

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth – A Guide for Practitioners
While some racial and ethnic minority youth experience lower rates of lifetime mental health disorders, their disorders tend to have a more chronic course. Reasons for differences in mental health etiology and outcomes among youth are briefly addressed in this guide.

Making Space: Anger
Children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson offers this guided art activity for processing anger.

Ten Core Competencies for Youth and Young Adult Centered Mental Health Systems
Youth and young adults find themselves navigating the transition to adulthood in mental health systems that were not built for them and whose policies, procedures, and practices are not designed to meet their needs.  One strategy to address these gaps is to promote core competencies, that reflect values that translate into skills, attitudes, knowledge, and abilities of system participants.  This report outlines ten core competencies for building youth- and young-adult-centered mental health systems.

Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! On June 20th, you can be a part of  the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. A global pandemic exposes the existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. On June 20, the 140 million poor and low-income people across this nation will be heard!

Next up in our Tampa Conference webinar series!

Using a “Core Components” Approach to Promote Positive Outcomes in Evidence-Based Youth Programs
Webinar – June 18, 2020 – 2 pm – 3 pm ET
A “core components” approach to evidence-based programming for youth focuses on implementing parts, features, attributes or characteristics of programs shown to be effective, while allowing flexibility in other aspects that can be designed to meet community or population needs. During this webinar, federal staff, policy, and youth-focused experts will introduce the “core components” approach, give an example of research moving this approach toward implementation, and present innovative strategies for how research and evaluation can generate better information about “core components.” This webinar is designed to broaden your thinking about evidence-based practices, how best to identify and monitor “core components,” and discuss how we can support evidence-based practices in ways that are more adaptable in today’s challenging times and complex environments.

Webinar: Supporting Youth Vocational Goals with Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Collaboration: Implications for the Present

Date & Time: June 30, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Maryann Davis, Ph.D., Nancy Koroloff, Ph.D., & Anwyn Gatesy-Davis
This webinar will present findings from a 3-phase study examining collaboration related to the vocational goals of transition-age youth (ages 14-24) with serious mental health conditions between state vocational rehabilitation services and public mental health systems. Data from qualitative interviews with local vocational rehabilitation and mental health leadership from communities that received SAMHSA grants to improve services for transition-age youth with or at risk of serious mental health conditions, web surveys of key informants from programs in these communities, and analysis of the national rehabilitation services administrative database (RSA911) in regards transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions were analyzed. These findings will be presented in the first half, to be followed by a facilitated discussion by attendees about their implications in the current economic climate.

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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.

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