Friday Update

Friday Update 4-19-19

April 20, 2019

Greetings faithful readers. Another week of endless “breaking news.” Oh man, I don’t know about you, but I am whooped! Let’s dig for a little inspiration to keep us moving forward by watching a great video by Switchfoot, singing their anthem Dare You to Move. Enjoy the video and then get to reading’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

The Research Gap: How the Gun Debate Distracts Us from Supporting Survivors of Mass Shootings
A shooter terrorizes a college campus; dozens are hurt, several are dead. You can hear a pin drop as the nation realizes a mass shooting has occurred in the United States. We brace as the shock and sorrow hits our system. Soon the airwaves are filled with questions. Who is the shooter? Why did they do this? How many people were harmed? What happened in those moments? As answers emerge and victims tell their stories of terror, we sense the harm cannot be understood by numbers alone. Their stories move us, and in our distress, we strive to make sense of an incomprehensible situation.We then ask a more difficult question, “how can this be prevented?”

Read Gina Gervase’s Morning Zen post describing the lack of research on school shootings, the need for the development of a school shooting survivor database, and how you can get involved to help improve research in this critical area.

Twenty Years On, Columbine Survivors Tell Parkland Students: ‘We’re Sorry We Couldn’t Stop It.’
Saturday marks 20 years since the massacre at Columbine High School, near Denver. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, north of Miami, is 14 months fresh. What would survivors of these twin tragedies have to teach each other? Four from Columbine agreed to travel to Parkland to meet with four of their counterparts and speak with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at the nearby Coral Springs Museum of Art. All eight took note of the exits before taking their seats — and saw which one would set off an alarm. Seven of the eight have sought professional mental help. Together, given their shared dark experiences, they hoped to help and bring light to each other.

Arming Teachers Wouldn’t Decrease Risk to Students—It Would Increase Their Risk
Until very recently, educators and policymakers across the country have rejected the idea of arming teachers. But last summer, President Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that the administration is considering allowing states to use federal funding to arm teachers in schools. Arming teachers is an incredibly unpopular proposition, opposed by seven out of ten teenagers, eight out of ten teachers, and seven out of ten parents. And for good reason.

Powerpoint Slides from the 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference Now Available!
Oh man, we sure do hope you were able to attend the 32nd Annual “Tampa Conference” last month and take advantage of the plethora of amazing presentations. Were you unable to make it to Tampa? Oh no! Hey, no worries, we got ya covered. We have updated the agenda for the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health to include hyperlinked files from presentation slide decks that we have permission to post. Hyperlinked files are highlighted in blue. Enjoy!

Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
Rosalyn Bertram and Suzanne Kern’s new book is hot off the press, and they are making an exclusive 40% off rate to Network Faithful. To improve client outcomes and practitioner competence, the book clarifies practices to address common problems such as anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and child behavioral concerns. The authors also provide examples and suggest how to integrate the implementation of evidence-based practice into academic programs through collaboration with behavioral health or social service programs. Longtime system of care advocate Al Duchnowski wrote the forward, encouraging family organizations to read and use it so they are informed consumers and advocates. Heck, we think all who are interested in evidence-based practice should give it a read!

Effectively Integrating the CANS into the Wraparound Process: A joint statement from the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
The Wraparound care coordination process and Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) measure are widely used in public child-serving systems. Some states, systems, and organizations have deployed Wraparound and CANS in ways that enhance each other; others, however, have struggled to integrate the two philosophies, undermining the potential for positive impact of both efforts. The NWI and National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC; and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (organizational home of the CANS) have developed a joint statement and guidance document around how to best use the CANS within the Wraparound process, including “Do’s” and “Don’ts” across the four phases of Wraparound. Check it out!

Intensive Community Treatment and Support “Youth Wraparound” Service in Western Australia: A Case and Feasibility Study
Speaking of Wraparound… Thanks to Eric Bruns for alerting us to a recently published paper on the positive results achieved with the Youth Wraparound model in Australia.

CBO: Over 1 Million Americans Have Become Uninsured Since 2016
More than 1 million Americans have lost health coverage since 2016, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds. The report — which came out within hours of the Mueller report on Thursday and so didn’t get much attention — follows other studies, all suggesting that America’s uninsured rate is rising under President Trump, whose administration has passed new rules that make it more difficult to enroll in coverage.

Does a Video Chat Referral Process Help Families with Children Who Have Medicaid to Initiate Mental Health Care?
Nearly 80 percent of children who have Medicaid and mental health problems don’t get the care they need. To begin care, families must go through a complex referral process that can be hard for them to finish. In this study, the research team developed a video chat referral process to help families with children who have Medicaid get mental health care. In this new process, health centers took a more active role in helping families start the referral process. The team wanted to learn if more families got through the referral process after video chat referrals than families who had usual referrals.

Voices of the Movement
The veterans of the civil rights movement made history, but they are eager for you to know something: They didn’t set out to be heroes or icons. This audio series from the “Cape Up” podcast brings you the stories and reflections of some of these leaders and their lessons on where we go from here.

Tune in on May 6: Live Webcast of SAMHSA’s 2019 Awareness Day Event
Tune into the live webcast of SAMHSA’s 2019 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event, “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” on Monday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. You’ll learn about evidence-based strategies and resources for preventing suicide among children, youth, and young adults.

45th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference
Santa Fe, New Mexico – August 26-29, 2019
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Annual Conference is the premier interdisciplinary mental health event for rural families and peers, community members, clinicians, researchers, administrators and policy professionals. Now in its 45th year, the NARMH Annual Conference provides a collaborative environment for all participants across professions to learn and network on a myriad of vital issues concerning mental health practice, research, policy and advocacy in rural and remote populations. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

Alternatives 2019: Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) is pleased to host the Alternatives 2019 at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, July 7 – 11, 2019. The Alternatives Conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted for more than three decades by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). The Alternatives conference is renowned for offering the latest and best information in the peer recovery movement and provides an invaluable opportunity for peers to network with and learn from one another.

Suicide: How You Can Make a Difference
The recent deaths of school shooting survivors have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. This NIMH science update provides five action steps for helping someone in emotional pain. The update stresses the importance of knowing some facts about suicide and what people can do when they think someone might be at risk for self-harm.

MMWR QuickStats: Injury Death Rates for Persons Aged 15–19 Years, by Intent — United States, 1999–2017
This CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents injury death rates for youth ages 15-19 by intent. The report notes that throughout the period, the death rate for unintentional injury was higher than for suicide and homicide, but the difference has narrowed over the past decade.

And finally (for this week, anyway)
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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.

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