Friday Update 2-3-19

Greetings faithful readers. We are back! Rested up and ready for the upcoming Tampa Conference. Let’s start things off with an opportunity to take a well-deserved 8-minute break from all of the noise in the world and experience the brilliance of Gaby Moreno, as she sings Quizás, Quizás, Quizás at the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards. Watch the video in its entirety. No way you don’t come away uplifted. Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

National Wraparound Implementation Center Seeks Evaluation Specialist 
Looking for a great work opportunity? The University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, the accountability wing of NWIC and the National Wraparound Initiative, is hiring a high-level Research and Evaluation Specialist to manage its Seattle operations and support high- quality Wraparound implementation worldwide. If you are interested in being on the cutting edge of knowledge about wraparound, check this one out. 

The Draft Agenda for the Tampa Conference is Here!
We are in the final stages of editing and are sending the program text off to our fabulous design team to make it look amazing. Feel free to take a sneak peek at the stripped down version showing the confirmed sessions this year, and get excited! Note: If you have already bookmarked the agenda page, be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest version!

Speaking of Agenda Items, Three Great Pre-Conference Sessions Await!

There are not one, not two, but three great pre-conference sessions at the Tampa Conference. And the best news is that they are free to all conference participants. Come in early on Sunday, March 3rd and get your learnin’ on!

Early Registration for the Tampa Conference Ends February 15th!
If you are planning on attending the Tampa Conference, be sure to register by February 15th to take advantage of the early registration rate and save $50.00!

Concrete Steps Congress Can Take To Solve America’s Housing Crisis
The CMHNetwork is thrilled to have joined forces with the National Low Income House Coalition. Look for frequent updates on what you can do to support efforts to end homelessness and housing poverty – key factors in the mental health of children and families. This past week, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congress, a memo to incoming senators and representatives on concrete steps they can take to help address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low-income families today: the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable housing.

What Were You Thinking? Brain Development in Young Adults
iSPARC is out with a new tip sheet focusing on brain development in young adults. This tip sheet describes typical and atypical brain development in young adulthood, and what can be expected in terms of executive functioning, impulse control, risk-taking, and other behaviors. Best practices for working with young adults by understanding their developing brain and resources to learn more are provided. Read the tip sheet on the iSPARC website.

Family Advocacy in Children’s Mental Health: Past, Present, and Strategies for a Successful Future
Network faithful Kathleen Ferreira, PhD., Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Social Innovation and Lisa Lambert, Executive Director of the Parent Professional Advocacy League, co-authored a chapter on family advocacy for the recently published APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. This three-volume handbook lays a foundation for integrating theory, research, practice, and policy into contemporary family psychology. The chapter, Family Advocacy in Children’s Mental Health: Past, Present, and Strategies for a Successful Future, outlines the importance of family advocacy and support, describes proposed stages of family advocacy skills and discusses the important role of family-run organizations. At the Tampa conference in March, Lisa and Kathleen will present the proposed stages for family advocacy skills that they describe in their chapter and will facilitate a discussion related to the topic. 

New Directions to Improve Preventive Care Discussions for Adolescents and Young Adults
In this month’s Pediatrics, Santelli et al. report findings from a national survey of adolescents and young adults about discussing potentially sensitive topics with medical providers during primary care visits. Notably, private time with providers, explanation of confidentiality, and risk-factor screening were associated with discussing more topics during these visits. Collectively, these findings provide important direction for efforts to improve the delivery of adolescent preventive care.

NIMH Launches New YouTube Page – Discover NIMH
NIMH is launching a new video series called “Discover NIMH.” These short videos include a focus on suicide prevention research; early identification, intervention, and prevention research; basic research; and training the next generation of mental health scientists. Take some time to review these videos and share them with your networks.

After Family Separation at Border, Guatemalan Teen’s Mental Health Collapsed During 11-Month Detention
Medical records show how the Trump Administration’s practice of separating families left some children with devastating mental health conditions. Dr. Julie Linton, a pediatrician and co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Special Interest Group, said children’s brains continue to develop through their early 20’s, and prolonged exposure to stress and fear can harm their development. She said family separation and extended detention are serious stressors that threaten kids’ physical and mental health, in the short- and long-term.

Development and Testing of an Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making
Pathways researchers, Janet Walker, Jennifer Blakeslee, and Caitlin Baird have collaborated with authors from Youth MOVE National, Brianne M. Masselli and Kristin Thorp, on a peer-reviewed journal article recently published in Children and Youth Services Review. The article describes the development and validation of the Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL), an assessment of the extent to which agencies have implemented best practices for supporting meaningful participation. The Y-VAL is intended for research purposes, as well as to provide agencies with direct guidance about strengths and challenges regarding their efforts to promote youth/young adult voice.


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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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