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Friday Update 11-30-18

November 30, 2018

Greetings faithful readers. I’m feeling the need for some vintage Linda Perry to get us back on track after being away for a few weeks. Enjoy the great Linda Perry and 4 Non Blondes performance of their megahit “What’s Up.” Get your tall hat 90’s vibe on and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we go work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Family Voice Speaks to Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth
Family Champion Susan Graham writes a moving poem in Morning Zen that gives voice to the emotion-filled stories of family members of children with behavioral health needs. It represents a composite of the many voices that she heard while gathering information for a report on families that present to emergency departments seeking assessment and treatment for behavioral health concerns. You can read the full report below.

Emergency Department Use by Connecticut Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions
Emergency Department Use by Connecticut Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions: Improving Care and Promoting Alternatives, examines the issue of youth who are visiting emergency departments (ED) for behavioral health concerns and offers strategies for Connecticut policymakers, hospitals, mental health agencies, and schools to reduce ED use, improve care within EDs, coordinate and integrate care across systems, and advance appropriate alternatives that address the behavioral health needs of these youth. The report was prepared by the Child Health Development Institute and co-authored by Beacon Health Options and reflects input from a workgroup of family members and representatives of multiple state agencies, hospitals, community behavioral health organizations, schools, and the Connecticut Hospital Association. Even though the report focuses on Connecticut, the folks at CHDI are renowned for their ability to write reports that can be made applicable nationwide. A worthy read!

Have You Made Your Donation to the Children’s Mental Health Network?
Many thanks to those who have already made a contribution, but we learned that some of you experienced a faulty link to our donation page on Giving Tuesday! Well, we can’t have that, now can we? Go to our home page and click on the box in the upper right corner that says “Give Now.” It’s easy, and guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Thank you, Network faithful, for all of your comments this past year about how Friday Update helps you, uplifts you, and even, yes, sometimes makes you go grrrr…. Producing Friday Update requires a constant focus on the news of the day, and this past year, that has been a dizzying task! Everything the Network does is due to contributions from our readers, and all donations go toward the production of Friday Update and the maintenance of our website. As a reminder, I don’t take a salary, so you can rest assured that 100% of your contribution goes toward finding the most current information, resources and opinion pieces that are shaping the landscape in children’s mental health. If you agree with me that now, more than ever, we need this forum for the exchange of ideas and information, p
lease consider making a year-end donation so that we can keep Friday Update coming your way. Thank you!

Selection of Winning Proposals for the “Tampa Conference” Completed. What an Amazing Lineup. Register today!

Email announcements to the authors of winning proposals for presentation at the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health have been delivered. We will have the detailed preliminary agenda posted online in the next two weeks. This year, we smashed our record of proposal submissions that we set in 2017. Yowzers! Congratulations to the winners!

Pre-Conference Presentations Announced for the Tampa Conference!

Exciting news! We have two pre-conference sessions scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd, that are open to all registered conference participants. Check them out and make plans to come to Tampa early and get your learnin’ on!

The First Lady of New York City Announces Groundbreaking School Mental Health Awareness Campaign
The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray announces the launch of “There’s Help All Around You,” a groundbreaking school mental health awareness campaign created in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), ThriveNYC, New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and greyhealth group.

The campaign, which recently launched in all New York City public schools, points students and parents to mental health resources provided in their schools and communities — like guidance counselors, social workers, school mental health consultants, substance abuse prevention and intervention specialists, and community school mental health providers.

Take note, Network faithful – The First Lady will be our opening keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 3-6, 2019. Click here for details.

Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) Can Help and Is Seeking Provider Partners!
Is your agency seeking to better meet the education and employment needs of young adults with mental health conditions? Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) can help and is seeking provider partners! Deadline to apply is December 11, so get on it!

Transition From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home
This updated clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides more practice-based quality improvement guidance on key elements of transition planning, transfer, and integration into adult care for all youth and young adults. It also includes new and updated sections on definition and guiding principles, the status of health care transition preparation among youth, barriers, outcome evidence, recommended health care transition processes and implementation strategies using quality improvement methods, special populations, education and training in pediatric-onset conditions, and payment options.

The “Public Charge” Rule: How Will It Affect Immigrants’ Health Care and the Safety Net?
Allison Orris, April Grady, and Cindy Mann of Manatt Health report that by disrupting coverage for millions of people, the so-called public-charge rule would also reduce Medicaid support for health care providers and drive up uncompensated care costs. According to Manatt analysis, an estimated $17 billion in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program spending on hospital payments would be at risk if the new policy takes effect.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten Entry Assessments
Over the past decade, policymakers and other stakeholders have become increasingly interested in understanding the strengths and needs of kindergarteners. This understanding can help stakeholders (i.e., policymakers, state and local administrators, and teachers) better determine the supports and services that young children need prior to kindergarten to set them on a trajectory of success in school. Be sure to check out this comprehensive report from our colleagues at Child Trends.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. 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 for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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