Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 9-4-21

September 04, 2021

Greetings, Network faithful. Sometimes ya just need a little old pickin‘ on a six string to get you ready for a holiday weekend. No one does it better than The Other Favorites. Sit back and enjoy their original tune, “New York Town,” and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Kennedy-Satcher Inaugural Symposium
September 28 & 29, 2021 – 11 am – 2 pm ET
The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute is excited to introduce “Mental Health Equity is Health Equity” a 2-day symposium. This event will touch on important topics in the Mental Health Equity movement such as Policy & Data, Clinical Services, Cultural Humility & Sensitivity, and Uplifting Invisible Voices.

Mental Health America Launches Back to School Toolkit
This school year brings increased fear and trauma for many students after more than a year away from in-person learning. This year’s toolkit, Facing Fears, Supporting Students, is full of hands-on materials that can help students navigate all the emotions and challenges of the new school year.

Youth MOVE National Rave Rockstar Awards 2021
Since 2011, Youth MOVE National has presented the Rockstar Awards to youth advocates, advocates for youth, and organizations that have made great strides in improving the lives of youth and youth-serving systems. Youth MOVE will be hosting their 2nd RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition) this coming November to honor the important work that youth, young adults, supportive adult partners, and organizations are doing to better youth-serving systems. Nominations for the 2021 awards are now live! If you know a youth, young adult, or professional who has shown outstanding contributions towards improving youth-serving systems, please consider nominating for RAVE 2021! Self-nomination is acceptable and encouraged.

National Federation of Families Annual Conference (Virtual)
November 4th – 6th
It’s getting close to that time of year when the Federation hosts its annual conference. Get all the details, and be sure to iron your Zoom shirt!

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation Summer Training Institutes
It’s not too late to tune in to the August Training Institutes Live! Workshops galore. Check it out!

Stabilizing Housing for Families of Children who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges
September 30th – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
In this 2-part series presented by the Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) and National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC), the presenters will share important information about family homelessness and the supports available to help families regain housing stability.

Four Myths About Suspensions That Could Hurt Students Long Term
High school students who get suspended out of school are significantly less likely to earn academic credits in the following year—and their peers get no academic benefit from their absence. Those findings come from a new American Institutes of Research study that looked at more than a decade of discipline and academic data from New York City public schools, the largest district in the country, with more than a million students.

An Empirical Examination of the Effects of Suspension and Suspension Severity on Behavioral and Academic Outcomes
A new report from our colleagues at AIR
The use of exclusionary discipline practices, such as out-of-school suspension (OSS) and in-school suspension (ISS), is prevalent in the United States—of the 50.6 million students enrolled in K–12 public schools in 2015–16, 2.7 million students received one or more OSSs. Furthermore, substantial disparities persist, with certain subgroups of students, such as Black students and students with disabilities, experiencing exclusionary discipline at much higher rates.

School Mental Health Ontario Releases Mentally Healthy Back to School Support Package
As part of efforts to amplify schools’ promotive and protective influence, the Mentally Healthy Back to School Support Package provides practical, evidence-based resources to help Ontario school boards warmly welcome and support students with their mental health throughout the school year. Informed by the Ontario curriculum and developed collaboratively with practicing school mental health professionals and educators, there is an array of materials such as tip sheets, info sheets, lesson plans, presentations, videos, and reflection tools ready to be implemented and customized with local needs and priorities. The materials promote a culturally responsive approach, with new equity resources set to launch throughout the month.  

Promoting Health Equity and Community Resilience to Combat Health Disparities in the COVID-19 Response
The COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges and exacerbated longstanding systemic health inequities that put people experiencing disadvantage at an increased risk for COVID-19 illness and death. Ensuring health equity is not only essential to ending the COVID-19 pandemic but critical to saving lives. Learn more from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) first Chief Health Equity Officer, Dr. Leandris Liburd, and Dr. Jeannette Kowalik at the Trust for Americas Health (TFAH), about CDC’s capacity to leverage its diverse workforce and engage stakeholders to promote health equity and support community resilience during the COVID-19 Response.

Innovative Service Delivery During COVID-19: Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families During the Pandemic and Beyond
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. is out with another timely Issue Brief that summarizes strategies employed in four sectors to address the needs of children and families during the pandemic: pediatric primary care, children’s behavioral health, school-based health centers, and school settings. Four grantees, each representing one of these sectors, gathered information and recommendations for sustaining adaptations and innovations developed during the pandemic.
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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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