Friday Update

Friday Update 4-10-20

April 09, 2020

Hey Network faithful, many thanks to “Vintage Rocker” for turning us on to this most beautiful way to start Friday Update. Sit back and let the inspiration settle in as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra serenades you during this time of social separation that we are all experiencing. I bet, after watching, you won’t feel distance – instead, you will feel closer than ever to the humanity that is in all of us. Enjoy the performance, have a box of Kleenex handy, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

John Prine – American Treasure – Celebrate His Genius
John Prine, American songwriting treasure, has died due to complications from the Coronavirus. His death has gutted me. He is, was, and always will be one of my musical pillars that I go to when I need a minute to figure things out. For those of you who know John’s work, you will get what I am saying. For those of you who don’t, well, I hope you will take some time (cuz I know you got some time, right about now), to experience this American treasure, taken way too early by COVID-19. Full disclosure – the tears started streaming down my face at only about 5 minutes into the video. And that’s okay. I hope you allow yourself permission to let the emotions flow – happy, sad, poignant, all of the above – it don’t matter. It’s good for ya. Use this opportunity to have a good old fashioned cleanse. Heads up – The video is 45 minutes long. To do it justice, plan on an uninterrupted hour to view. You will be glad you did.

Preventing Violence in Our Homes: Meeting This Moment With Connection, Care, and Justice
Join the Prevention Institute on April 14th for this webinar!

Children, youth, and families are experiencing intensified stresses and new traumas as our country and the entire world work to contain the novel coronavirus and save lives. With more and more families experiencing unemployment, housing insecurity, and hunger—and many people restricted to their homes and limited in their social interactions, risks for violence and abuse in the home are likely to be on the rise. In this web conference, speakers will talk about their communities’ experiences with COVID-19 and emerging strategies to understand community needs in this moment and respond to them. Whether you are a public health practitioner, community health worker, educator, or advocate, we can meet this moment of major individual and collective upheaval with connection, care, and an unwavering commitment to justice. Together, we can support and advocate for children, youth, and families, and prevent violence in our homes.

Webinar: Changing Medicaid Programs to Meet COVID-19 Needs
This webinar explores the different options states can use to modify their Medicaid programs to meet people’s needs under the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers how states can use Section 1135 and 1115 waivers, state plan amendments, 1915(c) Appendix K, and Section 6008 (FMAP) to improve access to care and services. It also includes trends from current state activities and advocacy recommendations. The accompanying slideshow can be accessed here.

Request for Information on How Youth with Behavioral Health Needs are Being Served When Schools are Closed
Keep those examples coming in! We are compiling a list of innovative strategies for effectively meeting the needs of children and youth with behavioral challenges who have been abruptly displaced with school closings. If you know of ways communities are rallying around these students, tell us about it. Click here and share either the good news in your community or let us know what’s needed.

Nicely Done, San Francisco!
Great website, San Francisco MHA! Hey Network faithful, if you know of a website that is rockin’ the pandemic in support of those with mental health challenges, let us know!

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, States Need to Rethink their Delivery of Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric hospitals and other mental health facilities or residential treatment settings face unique challenges in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Like other health care settings, people in these settings often eat and bathe in shared facilities. An added challenge that is unique to behavioral health facilities is that many facilities still rely on restraint, seclusion, and involuntary medication– interventions which, while already dangerous, now have increased risk due to close contact. Learn more about how states should adapt their behavioral health services in a new blog by Jennifer Lav and Abigail Coursolle, from the National Law Program.

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
Download a growing list of SAMHSA TA Provider Resources.

The Importance of Understanding and Recognizing Trauma in Young Children: A Family Perspective
Understanding and recognizing trauma in young children is challenging. Signs and symptoms are easily confused or missed due to the complexity of young children’s development. Please join the Early Childhood Learning Community and the Learning Community for Family Leaders for an interactive webinar on the identification of early childhood trauma from a family perspective.

Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States: The Imperative for Civil Rights Advocacy, Monitoring, and Enforcement
Shared by our colleagues at the NNED Network. Check them out. They do great work!

The coronavirus outbreak is now officially a pandemic. Because of the racial and economic inequities embedded in U.S. systems, the effects of the coronavirus could be compounded for Black, Brown, Asian, and indigenous communities, as well as other population groups. The NAACP has released a resource to guide officials responsible for addressing health, economic, and other impacts in remediating some of the issues that are disproportionately affecting communities of color.

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About the Author

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.

In addition to my role with the CMHNetwork, I host The Optimistic Advocate Podcast, a weekly interview show where I explore how innovative people find ways to improve mental health for themselves, others, and the community at-large.

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