Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 8-21-20

August 20, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Close the closet door (cuz in a Pandemic, I know that is about the only place you are getting some peace), and give your full attention to Mary Spender and Danish Pete, as they perform a stunning acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” You are going to love Mary Spender, a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom. I always enjoy introducing faithful readers to artists out of the mainstream, but who are as talented, or more, than the mainstream crowd. Plus, I was just plain feelin’ some Fleetwood Mac, so there you go! Enjoy Mary’s version of “Dreams,’ and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Persisting in Providing Quality Services During the “New Normal”
One of our star interns at the Children’s Mental Health Network, Julia Brookover, is out with a new Morning Zen post on professional self-care in this pandemic. Julia writes, “One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my career is that if I’m not taking care of myself, I cannot effectively support anyone else. I won’t preach generic self-care a la taking a walk and packing a healthy lunch – we hear that enough. In reality, it’s important to know that if we need a day off, it’s okay to take it.” Excellent read, Network faithful!

How Mental Health Care Should Change as a Consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Check out the new article in the Lancet, written by an international group of clinicians, mental health experts, and mental health services users. They convened to reflect on the challenges for mental health that COVID-19 poses. The interconnectedness of the world made society vulnerable to this infection. It also provides the infrastructure to address previous system failings by disseminating good practices that can result in sustained, efficient, and equitable delivery of mental health-care delivery, which means the COVID-19 pandemic could be an opportunity to improve mental health services.

Rural Infants and Toddlers Are Less Likely to Have Access to Key Health Care Resources
Using data from the State of Babies Yearbook 2020, new Child Trends research finds that infants and toddlers in rural families with low incomes are less likely to have health insurance than their peers in urban areas. Infants and toddlers in rural families are also less likely to receive preventative medical and dental visits and recommended vaccines. Policymakers can work to address this issue by identifying any barriers that rural, low-income families may face in enrolling their kids in their state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program; expanding mobile and telemedicine options to families in remote areas, and exploring gaps in current outreach and enrollment efforts for health care programs and services.

The Happy Classroom: Insights From a Study of Schools in Delhi, India
Delhi’s “Happiness Curriculum” is designed to strengthen the foundations of well-being for all students and improve student-teacher relationships. Over the past year, Brookings researchers spent time in Delhi classrooms to see what this approach to education looks like.

Are You Eligible for the Sequences of Employment and Education (SEED) Study?
Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research is currently recruiting for the Sequences of Employment and Education (SEED) research study to understand better how the employment and education experiences of young (ages 16-25) with serious mental health conditions change over time. You may be eligible if you are a young adult with a serious mental health condition who has experience in foster care and/or additional challenges with substance use. Participation includes six 1-hour surveys over 20 months. All information shared will be kept confidential. Participants will be compensated up to $145 in gift cards for their time. To see if you’re eligible, visit: The SEED StudyJust a few slots left!

Not Far Enough: Why the Law Is Only the First Benchmark to True Equality
“Our centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment serves as a memory, a reminder, a clarion call to not just ‘remember the ladies’ and their achievement, but to redouble our efforts to make the kind of systemic, structural change that will fully realize the change in women’s lives that was imagined a hundred years ago,” writes Tina Tchen for the 19A Brookings Gender Equality Series.

What Should Telemedicine Look Like After the Pandemic?
Telemedicine has played a critical role in the COVID-19 response, allowing patients to receive care remotely. Should policies that have encouraged telemedicine’s use during the pandemic become permanent? A new brief by Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., and colleagues recommends that such decisions should be based on whether policies increase access to care — especially for high-risk patients with limited access to providers — while limiting both excessive use and the potential for fraud.

Practice-Self Regulation Intervention Survey
Sentient Research is disseminating a neuroscience-based trauma-informed intervention to support youth who have experienced trauma. The program, Practice Self-Regulation, or PS-R, has been funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. As part of the program dissemination efforts, the team at Sentient is conducting a national survey of about 50-100 organizations that might want to use the program with the youth they serve. They would like to survey staff who are in a position to decide whether to implement programs for youth (which might be management or executive level staff, depending on the organization). The organizations focus on school districts, after-school programs, juvenile justice, child welfare/foster care, and youth-serving CBOs. The online survey takes about 10-15 minutes, and they are offering a $20 Amazon card as an incentive. If you would like to learn more, visit the PS-R Website. If this survey effort fits for your organization, check it out!

CDC: One Quarter of Young Adults Contemplated Suicide During Pandemic
One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they’ve considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to new CDC data that paints a bleak picture of the nation’s mental health during the crisis. The data also flags a surge of anxiety and substance abuse, with more than 40 percent of those surveyed saying they experienced a mental or behavioral health condition connected to the Covid-19 emergency. Researchers, in the study, recommended that any community-level intervention and prevention efforts include strengthening economic supports to reduce financial stress, and to address racial disparities in health care. They also suggest expanding access to social supports, comprehensive treatments, and harm reduction services.

Homeschooling Children with Learning Disabilities
Researchers interviewed parents of children with learning disabilities to understand their online learning experiences better. Parents reported that online education requires a significant time commitment and that parent-teacher communication is critical for success. Experts say parents should be proactive about reaching out to their child’s teachers and service providers, ask for help to put a remote education and therapy plan place in place, and set realistic daily goals.

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