Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 7-17-20

July 17, 2020

Hey Network faithful, do you feel it? I do. Yep, a change is gonna come. Let’s start off this edition of Friday Update with Brian Owens and his father, Thomas Owens, rendition of the Sam Cooke classic, A Change is Gonna Come.” Feel the change bubbling up, get motivated to take action, 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!
Cultural Considerations of Evidence-Based Practice Implementation: Developing Organizational Culture Assessment Tools to Improve Adoption and Address the Science to Practice Gap
July 23, 2020 – 2:00 pm ET – 3:00 pm ET
This presentation will directly address the disparity between evidence-based practice (EBP) development and evidence-based practice adoption and implementation at human service organizations. Many EBP selection and implementation processes fail to adequately account for the variable resources, leadership structures, staff expertise, and organizational cultures that exist in human services. Instead, they take a “ground zero” approach to implementation, starting from the bottom and retraining staff and leadership to replicate as closely as possible the research conditions under which a given EBP was developed. While this is certainly one approach to minimizing the impact of the science-to-practice gap in human services, this presentation will highlight an alternative approach: thoroughly accounting for organizational culture and its many salient markers before EBP selection, to reduce incongruence between organizational culture and an EBP from the outset of the selection/implementation process.

New Episode from The Optimistic Advocate!
Melanie Funchess – A Personal Journey Through Advocacy

Our guest for this episode of the Optimistic Advocate is Melanie Funchess, out of Rochester, New York. Melanie is an advocates advocate. She directs community engagement for the Mental Health Association in Rochester. A large part of her work is to make connections with diverse communities, bringing them together, to strengthen the fabric of services and supports that are provided to the good people of Rochester. Now that’s pretty impressive in and of itself, but her history as an advocate goes back to childhood. And today we’re going to learn about that history. We’re going to take a deep dive into who Melanie Funchess is, how she got into this work, and what motivates her to do the advocacy work she does. Enjoy the episode, and remember to subscribe to the podcast. Click here to pick the podcast player of your choice.

Healing the Nation
Earlier this year, the Well Being Trust launched Healing the Nation, a comprehensive national policy framework for mental health and addiction. The issues we highlighted in the publication have only grown more relevant during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you are a federal policymaker or an advocate fighting for change, you play an important role in the health and well-being of the American people. Thank you for taking the time to read this informative report, which details the depth and breadth of our country’s mental health crisis, as well as important policy steps we must take to address it adequately.

Real Talk in Real Time: Creating an Instrument to Measure Parent Support Effectiveness
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 3:00 pm EDT
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) invites family leaders, family-run organizations, systems of care communities and states, and other stakeholders to join us for July’s Family Leadership Learning Community!
Kansas is a large state with a lot of geographic diversity. Within 30 minutes of most major cities are rural communities, and much of the state qualifies as “frontier.” Making sure that parents in all different types of environments get the parent support they need is an ongoing challenge and one of which it is difficult to measure progress through the typical satisfaction surveys that are collected from community mental health centers. We wanted to make it easier by utilizing what everyone has these days: a mobile phone.

Supporting Youth Vocational Goals with Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Collaboration: Implications for the Present
Just in case you missed this webinar on June 30th, you can watch it online!
This webinar presents 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.

Ending the Triple Pandemic: Advancing Racial Equity by Promoting Health, Economic Opportunity, and Criminal Justice Reform
July 30, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
Please join Trust for America’s Health, American Public Health Association, NAACP, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity, on July 30, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET for a congressional briefing titled, Ending the Triple Pandemic: Advancing Racial Equity by Promoting Health, Economic Opportunity and Criminal Justice Reform. The briefing will discuss the disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community and other communities of color, and how structural racism drives systemic inequities in health, the economy, and criminal justice. The session will also highlight policy recommendations to move the nation toward equitable opportunity and racial justice.

COVID-19 and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: An Unexpected Blessing for Part of Our Population?
In all, the COVID-19 crisis confronts us with many novel realities and changes and has many insightful messages. For the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, and child development in general, these may also be related to learning how our social and economic environment interacts with child mental health and well-being. Comprehensive analysis of psychiatric morbidity in children and adolescents between the pre and post-crisis times, combined with carefully matched population-based control samples, offers an unprecedented window of opportunity to gauge how our current day society impacts well-being; for bad and for good.

Stress in the Time of COVID-19 – Volume 1
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of American life, from health and work to education and exercise. Over the long term, warns the American Psychological Association, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus will be serious and long-lasting.

Stress in the Time of COVID-19 – Volume 2
On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by police in Minneapolis during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store. This event set off weeks of protests over police violence and racism across the country and around the world. And it took place against a backdrop of a nation struggling with the impact of a global pandemic.

Massachusetts Group PPAL Helping Families With Justice-involved Youth During Pandemic
When Massachusetts issued an emergency stay-at-home order, everyone scrambled to ensure that youth were not held waiting for bail or on overnight arrests. If a youth were near the end of their time in detention, they were quickly sent home to avoid the health risks of congregate care. When a justice-involved youth returns home in “normal” times, the family can anticipate and plan. But these aren’t normal times. For families, it has been particularly stressful. They’ve had to cope with the unexpected: their child’s sudden return to the community, remote learning for school, and, when their child is in a secure setting, all their visits have become virtual.

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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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