Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 9-2-22

September 02, 2022

Greetings, Network faithful. Okay, put the band, Scary Pocket on your Spotify playlist. Hey, you are gonna thank me! Enjoy this funk cover of I Will Survive by Scary Pockets & Mario Jose. Once your funk is in full gear, sing along with Mario and celebrate your inner funk. And then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2022
This annual report tracks federal, state, and local investment in public health and how underinvestment in public health programs hobbled the COVID-19 response, exacerbates health inequities and continues to put Americans’ lives and livelihoods at risk.

The Economic Burden of Mental Health Inequities in the United States Report
DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET 
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine cordially invites you to attend the virtual unveiling of their Economic Burden of Mental Health Inequities in the United States report. This report aims to close an important gap in behavioral health and health equity research relative to mental health inequities. Building upon two landmark reports published 20-plus years ago, this study is intended to help explain the economic impact of our failure as a country to invest in behavioral health interventions, services, treatments, supports, and programs.

3 Ways Your Child Builds Important Life Skills Through Play
Well before a child starts school, they are busy learning about the world around them and how to engage with it. One of the most important ways they do this is through play. Read on for some of the ways different types of play help build different developmental skills that help lay the groundwork for resilient little humans (and parents).

JEAP Initiative Forum Series
Exploring Barriers and Facilitators to the Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)
The JEAP Initiative, a five-year project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, invites you to attend a free virtual forum series on medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). This forum series will identify barriers and facilitators to the use of MOUD from the perspective of recipients of MOUD, providers of MOUD, and investigators in the MOUD field.

Losing a Parent Can Derail Teens’ Lives. A High School Grief Club Aims to Help
Losing a parent in childhood is the kind of trauma that can change the trajectory of kids’ lives, putting them at risk of having symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even poor educational outcomes. Losing a parent can derail teens’ lives. A high school grief club aims to help.

Investing in Families Prevents Child Welfare Involvement
To truly take an anti-racist approach to prevention, child welfare, and safety net policies must address the organizational structures and injustices contributing to and perpetuating underlying economic and concrete needs of children and families. This brief, updated in July 2022, highlights policies that can significantly impact children and families when implemented as part of a multi-pronged approach to supporting the needs of children and families outside of child welfare.

Call for Applications: Barclay-Giel ​Seed Grants
The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) for the Advancement of Public Health has announced the 2023 Barclay-Giel Seed Grants opportunity. Any 501c3 non-profit or local/state/tribe/tribal organization with a focus on public health. The application period will be September 8th – November 3rd, with awards announced in February 2023. Grants will be open to all areas of public health, with the Surgeon General’s Priorities of special interest. Specific topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic include health misinformation, health worker burnout, and youth mental health.

CHDI Issue Brief Explores the Use of Measurement-Based Care to Improve Children’s Behavioral Health
The Child Health and Development Institute has just released its latest Issue Brief, Making Measures Matter, which examines how measurement-based care (MBC) can enhance family-centered care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes in children’s behavioral health services.

Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity Resources
The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

Opinion: To Solve the Youth Mental Health Crisis, Stop Looking to Adults
“When youth are brought in and supported, real and meaningful change happens,” writes Kelly Davis, associate vice president of peer and youth advocacy at MHA, and Nghia Do and Sriya Chilla, youth advocates and California Children’s Trust and California Coalition for Youth board members.

No More Garbage in Garbage Out: How to Get Good Survey Response Rates So You Can Make the Most of Your Wraparound Data
Ensuring high-quality Wraparound depends on accurate assessment of fidelity and outcomes; however, many sites struggle to get data for sufficient numbers of youth and families. Join the National Wraparound Initiative “No More Garbage In Garbage Out: How to Get Good Survey Response Rates So You Can Make the Most of Your Wraparound Data.” Presenters will share best practices for obtaining high WFI-EZ response rates and describe ways that WrapStat, and other measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), can facilitate data collection best practices and high response rates.

Screening for Depression in Adolescents Does Not Prevent Hospitalizations or Suicide Attempts
Guidelines in the US advocate for depression screening in adolescents to identify mental health struggles early, preventing them from becoming more problematic over time. But a new study found no difference in outcomes between those who were screened and those who were not.

Watch Me Rise: An Evaluation of Wraparound With Homeless Youth With a Child Welfare History
A newly-published study, Watch Me Rise: An Evaluation of Wraparound With Homeless Youth With a Child Welfare History, presents findings from a formative evaluation of youth outcomes. Results indicate youth housing stability improved within the first six months of youth enrolling in WMR. Youth also demonstrated improvements in life domain functioning and employment and employment readiness. Although several other outcomes were not achieved or the results were inconclusive, the study highlights important insights for working with and studying this important population. 

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2022 Power in Partnerships: Prioritizing Lived Expertise in Child Welfare
At Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) 2022, you’ll learn about the power of intentionally partnering with people with lived experience and hearing expertise from youth and family engagement experts. All sessions of the 2022 CWVE were designed and led by young adults and family representatives with lived experience and expertise in child welfare, working together with Capacity Building Center for States (Center for States) staff and other partners.

S.T.A.Y. Tuned: Supporting Transition-Age Youth Podcast
S.T.A.Y. Tuned: Supporting Transition-Age Youth Podcast is a podcast for young adults made by young adults with mental health conditions. It’s designed to share useful information our research team has gained through studies of transition-age youth/young adults navigating school or work. We bring on guests, including our research collaborators from across the globe, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for youth with serious mental health struggles, particularly as they navigate educational and workforce experiences.

Offering Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to Adolescents in School Settings Can Create More Equitable Access
While sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and services can help adolescents more safely navigate their early relationships and reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, these services are often inequitably distributed or unavailable to all students. Child Trends’ new brief finds that while 30 percent of female high school students are sexually active, over 25 percent have not received any sexual health services in the past year. The types of SRH services that young people receive vary significantly by race and ethnicity. Authors Brooke Whitfield, Hannah Lantos, and Jennifer Manlove address how school-based health centers might provide more equitable access to SRH services for adolescents by offering convenient, in-school reproductive health care services at a low cost. The authors also offer recommendations for how health center providers and staff can improve their services.

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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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