Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 6-26-20

June 26, 2020

Hey Network faithful, let’s start  with the iconic Rodney Crowell, joined by Rosanne Cash & John Paul White singing “It Ain’t Over Yet.” One of the lyrics speaks to me during this turbulent time and I want to emphasize it with you –

  • It ain’t over yet, I’ll say this about that
    You can get up off the mat or you can lay there till you die
    It ain’t over yet, here’s the truth my friend
    You can’t pack it in and we both know why
    It ain’t over yet

That’s right, Network faithful, it ain’t over yet, not by a long shot. But that’s okay, cuz we got each other. Never hesitate to reach out to each other – our collective voice is strong. Enjoy the tune, reflect on how you are doin’, call a friend, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Our next “Tampa Conference” webinar is approaching. Don’t miss it!
Development of Patient Experience Questionnaire Measuring Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Care in Behavioral Healthcare Environment
July 7, 2020 – 2:00 pm ET – 3:00 pm ET
KVC Kentucky has implemented two surveys to evaluate consumers’ and family members’ experiences with KVC Kentucky services.  The purpose of this study was to conduct a psychometric evaluation of the Consumer (CES) and Family Member Experience (FMES) surveys to assess their: 1) reliability and 2) construct validity.  The study provides evidence of these instruments in measuring the quality of provided services.

Child Health and Development Launches Five Year State and National Initiative to Improve Trauma Screening Across Child-Serving Systems
The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) announced a five-year initiative to improve child trauma screening in Connecticut and nationwide. The initiative, Trauma ScreenTIME (Screen, Triage, Inform, Mitigate, Engage), will develop online staff training for child-serving professionals to improve early identification and support of children suffering from traumatic stress and connection to evidence-based treatment.

  • Learn more about what CHDI is doing to  build trauma-informed systems of care.
Hey, have you subscribed to the podcast? Why wait? The list of great interviews is growing, and I don’t want you to miss a single episode.

Hosted by New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, this audio series examines the fateful moment 400 years ago when a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans arrived in the colony of Virginia — and the hundreds of years of slavery that followed. The podcast is part of the Times’ 1619 Project, an initiative that “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Relax Screen Time Guidelines Right Now?
Another great read from our colleagues at Child Trends
The American Academy of Pediatric’s 2016 digital media guidelines suggest that parents should limit unsupervised screen time to just one hour per day for young children. Because of the pandemic and the shift to virtual learning, these guidelines have been updated. Doctor Jenny Radesky, the author of these guidelines, recommends that parents prioritize engagement when it comes to screen time and select media content carefully.

Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series
The Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series provides real-time education to support pediatricians caring for children and youth with mental health disorders.   In this week’s 20-minute video titled Adolescent Depression, Elise Fallucco, MD addresses common mental health problems characterized by an irritable or sad mood that causes significant problems at home, school, and in relationships.

Research Study – Experiences of Young Adults With Disabilities, the Internet, and Work
Researchers with the Great Lakes ADA Center in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago are seeking participants to complete an online survey about work, internet use, and disability rights. Survey participates must: Identify as having a disability; be 18-24 years old; work or be currently seeking employment; and live in the United States. The research involves an online survey that includes questions about how and where you work, how you use different social networking websites, and your familiarity with disability rights-related issues. You do not need to have any prior knowledge to participate. Survey participants can enter a drawing for one of eight $50 Amazon gift cards.

Coronavirus: Children Developing Post-Traumatic Stress From Pandemic
From our colleagues in the U.K., a read on the impact of the pandemic on children in London.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the government-imposed measures remain in place, The Childhood Trust is extremely concerned about the ways in which this crisis is adversely and disproportionately affecting disadvantaged children and young people living in London. While this crisis is hard to endure regardless of age, it is exceptionally challenging for those who are not included in the national discussion and rarely get to vocalize their needs.

How Fatherhood Programs can Prevent and Address Domestic Violence
A new set of resources from Child Trends provides an overview of how fatherhood programs can help prevent and address domestic violence. The resources provide guiding principles, promising practices, and future directions for fatherhood programs with practical tip sheets and tools. The resources also offer guidance to help fatherhood practitioners understand what referrals are appropriate for fathers who have used or survived domestic violence.

Randomized Trial of First-Line Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Need for Medication in Children With ADHD
A study conducted in an analogue summer treatment setting showed that when concurrently receiving behavioral intervention, many children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) did not need medication or maximized responsiveness at very low doses. Results add to a growing literature suggesting that the use of low-intensity behavioral intervention as a first-line treatment reduces or eliminates the need for medication in children with ADHD.

Leaving No One Behind During the Pandemic: Children With Disabilities and COVID-19
Even in the absence of a global threat, children living with disabilities are among the world’s most vulnerable, marginalized, and stigmatized populations. The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) context has disrupted life in every corner of the world and will likely disproportionally affect those children with pre-existing vulnerabilities. The more significant burden faced by children living with disabilities means that additional efforts will be required to ensure their needs are being met when transitioning to the different pandemic phases. Programmatic actions will need to address these specific challenges during the pandemic and post-pandemic period along with differentiated, inclusive policy responses.

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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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