Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 8-14-20

August 13, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. I want to introduce you to an artist you may not have heard of yet, but you will be glad to know. Carson McKee plays in a duo with Josh Turner (featured here a lot), and is an excellent example of the brilliance of young musicians. For some reason, his version of “If I Could Only Fly,” made famous by the one and only Merle Haggard, is speaking to me this week. For all you Merle fans, I gotta tell you; I think Carson does this song better. Note: Give yourself the gift of a quiet space to watch and listen to Carson’s version of “If I Could Only Fly,” and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Melissa Heatly – Integrating Behavioral Health and the Schools in the Midst of the Pandemic
I am excited to announce the latest episode of the Optimistic Advocate podcast, with my guest, Melissa Heatly. Melissa, a clinical child psychologist, coordinates the school based initiatives with pediatric behavioral health and wellness at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the greater Rochester region. Melissa is a true community organizer working through the lens of behavioral health. And in this time of pandemic, I don’t know that there are many people more important, than those who are trying to figure out along with multitudes of other people in their community, how to make sure that services stay at the level that they were before the pandemic for youth and families, and, how they can be improved. Enjoy the conversation, and remember to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss a single episode!

Study Finds Nearly 50 Percent of Medicaid-Enrolled Children and Teens Released from a Psychiatric Hospital Do Not Receive Follow-Up Care within a Week of Discharge, Raising Suicide Risk
Thanks to our colleagues at NASMHPD for sharing this information…
An Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center study has found that nearly 50 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children and adolescents released from a psychiatric hospital do not receive follow-up care within seven days of discharge and that a lack of follow-up care results in a higher risk of suicide within the ensuing 180 days.

Final Research Plan: Screening for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final research plan on screening for depression, anxiety, and suicide risk in children and adolescents. The draft research plan for this topic was posted for public comment from April 30, 2020, to May 27, 2020. The Task Force reviewed all of the submitted and considered comments as it finalized the research plan.

Words on Bathroom Walls – Virtual Pre-Release Screening
Tuesday, August 18
7:00PM Central Time
You’re invited to a virtual pre-release screening of the upcoming film WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS, a coming of age story about a teenager grappling with symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Many thanks to the producers of this film for making this opportunity available!

Let’s Make Good Trouble to Heal Some Lasting Effects of Slavery on Black Children
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Jim Crow, and other forms of institutional racism left marks that harm the descendants of slaves today: a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, lead poisoning, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more. As descendants, our vulnerability to lead is particularly harmful to children’s brains and behavioral development. Airborne lead levels measured by the Environmental Protection Agency predict both homicide and juvenile delinquency in 3,111 counties in the lower 48 states. You would not require a PhD to guess which counties, communities, and children are most vulnerable. That’s bad trouble.

Screening Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems for Trauma: Data from Connecticut Show it is Practical, Useful, and Effective
Universal trauma screening is important for youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as these children are often exposed to high levels of trauma and may benefit from evidence-based trauma treatments. A common barrier to screening is addressing staff concerns. This Issue Brief reviews screening efforts by child welfare and juvenile justice staff in Connecticut, which found trauma screening was feasible, helpful for providing effective services, and rarely associated with significant distress. It also provides recommendations for advancing trauma screening in Connecticut and nationally across child-serving systems.

Strategies to Support Young Children With Disabilities During the Pandemic
More than 1 million young children in the United States have a diagnosed disability. A new Child Trends resource discusses how the pandemic has affected families with young children with disabilities and offers considerations for states as early care and education programs begin to reopen. For example, many young children with disabilities have lost access to in-person therapy services due to social distancing guidelines. Policymakers should consider allowing in-home services to address this issue.

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