Friday Update

Friday Update 5-25-20

May 25, 2020

Hey Network faithful, let’s get this issue of Friday Update started with a heartfelt rendition of Hank Williams classic song, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, sung by one of my favorite artists, Norah Jones. Norah Jones has recently been producing some “home performances” from her living room, and her voice is a soothing tonic for the sadness during this time of Pandemic. Enjoy the mystical elegance of Norah Jones and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Implementing the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program: From Policy to Practice
Yes, the Tampa Conference was canceled. However, you can still enjoy selected presentations in our Tampa Conference Webinar Series. Be sure to sign up for our first offering on June 9th!

In 2004, Massachusetts initiated the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project to address the lack of access to pediatric mental health care. The project created a peer-to-peer consultation network between primary care providers and child psychiatrists throughout the state, enabling PCPs to manage more complex behavioral problems in primary care without subspecialty referral. Over the next 15 years, many states initiated similar programs using a variety of models. This webinar will address the history and evidence currently supporting the model, the process of developing and implementing the model in different states, and the plan for evaluating the PMHCA program.

Dr. PAX and the Good Behavior Game – Makes Perfect Prevention Sense!
In this episode of the Optimistic Advocate, I explore the genius of Dennis Embry, also known as “Dr. PAX,” and driving force behind the PAX Good Behavior Game. The episode is about 33 minutes long, so give it a listen while you are folding those clothes you have been letting pile up for the past week!​​​ Click on Episode 2 and enjoy the conversation!

State-Community System of Care Development: an Exploratory Longitudinal Review
Congratulations to Isaac Karikari and colleagues for their recently published article in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research that focused on how  one state fared with a system of care expansion grant. Along with Karikari, Betty Walton, Christine Bishop, Stephanie Moynihan, and Pinkie Evans focused their research effort on how the “system of care philosophy evolved into a framework to support access to effective behavioral health services for children. This study explored the use of the System of Care Implementation Survey (SOCIS) to monitor system of care development during one Midwestern state’s federal planning and expansion grants. Utilizing a translational framework, results showed that despite fluctuations in system of care factor implementation over time, state and local systems of care had mid-level development. Further, inferential analysis of select factors indicated that outreach and access to services and the skilled provider network were significantly worse over time. Significant improvement in the treatment quality was documented but not sustained. Changes for Family Choice and Voice and Collaboration were not statistically significant. Important findings that indicate further study in other systems of care expansion grant sites are needed!

Win $50 in a Photo Contest for May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Just a few days left to enter!
It’s the final week to enter our #MayisMentalHealthMonth #PhotoContest over at our MHE & You Community page at Transitions ACR. With the changes the #pandemic has brought us, this year, we are asking you to post a photo of something that is helping you w/ your #MentalHealth right now. You could win one of 6 $50 prizes. Enter and vote for your current favorite photos!

Interactive Information Session for HYPE on Campus Supporting College Students w/Mental Health Conditions on Campus
Want to bring HYPE-on-Campus to Your School? Join Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) for a webinar on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 3:00 PM EDT.

Beginning in January 2021, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) is looking for 4-year state universities to partner with HYPE on a trial of HYPE-on-Campus. You can be a part of this exciting opportunity to deliver HYPE-on-Campus services, test its effectiveness, and become a national leader in innovative services for college students with mental health conditions. HYPE on Campus is designed to reduce academic disruptions and improve academic performance and persistence through developing executive functioning skills and coordinating on and off-campus support for students with MHC, specifically disability, counseling, and employment-related services. HYPE on Campus provides both direct skills teaching using a cognitive remediation intervention to develop EF skills as well as additional “hands-on” support in applying these skills in order to develop strong self-regulated learning skills to enhance academic performance.

Early Estimates of the Indirect Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Maternal and Child Mortality in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries
An additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Based on the worst of three scenarios in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the analysis estimates that an additional 1.2 million under-five deaths could occur in just six months, due to reductions in routine health service coverage levels and an increase in child wasting. These potential child deaths will be in addition to the 2.5 million children who already die before their 5th birthday every six months in the 118 countries included in the study, threatening to reverse nearly a decade of progress on ending preventable under-five mortality.

COVID-19 Resource Page Focused on Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Children
A message from our colleagues at Child Trends
As the world struggles to respond to and mitigate the damage caused by COVID-19, Child Trends is committed to helping you understand how to protect the health and well-being of children during this time. Our work on the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here. We hope you and your families stay well.

With School Buildings Closed, Children’s Mental Health Is Suffering
Nightmares. Tantrums. Regressions. Grief. Violent outbursts. Exaggerated fear of strangers. Even suicidal thoughts. In response to a call on social media, parents across the country shared with NPR that the mental health of their young children appears to be suffering as the weeks of lockdown drag on.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Treatment and Services Research at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC)
OSLC has a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in treatment and services research. The Fellow will work with Drs. Michael McCart and Ashli Sheidow on NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects. NIH projects currently include multiple NIDA and NIMH awards, including a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multi-site randomized trials, a task-shifting experimental trial, and an experimental mediation trial. These studies involve a variety of high-risk populations including adolescents, emerging adults with substance use and mental health issues, as well as justice-involved and other high risk youth and adults. This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work on the NIDA-funded stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial (#R01DA050669), which focuses on leveraging evidence to activate parents of justice-involved youth (LEAP). Integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding. Please visit this link for more info.

United Nations Policy Brief: A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19
The global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative. People with disabilities—one billion people— are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit in this crisis in terms of fatalities. The pandemic has likely worsened education exclusion for children with disabilities as they are least likely to benefit from distance learning. As well, mental health has been impacted negatively across demographics, and children with a wide range of disabilities are also missing out on ancillary services and supports such as therapies and mental health care.

The Transformative Process of Collaborating with Parents and Family Members: Engagement, Involvement & Partnership
A new Training Report establishes a baseline for understanding how professionals can collaborate with parents, caregivers and family members in their local community, state and nation. While most stakeholders working with parents and caregivers coin the ultimate relationship as “engagement,” the New Jersey Parents Caucus recognizes engagement as a process, and collaboration as the ultimate goal.

Identifying and Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Course for Pediatric Clinicians
Developed by the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee, this FREE self-paced online PediaLink course educates pediatric clinicians about evidence-based practices in caring for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For questions on this course, please contact Alexandra Kuznetsov at

COVID-19 Impact on Families
Check out the great work the Research to Policy Collaborative is doing to communicate social science information related to COVID-19 to legislators. The more informed our congressional leaders can be about the impact of the Pandemic is on families, the better decisions they will hopefully make.

Are Our Preschool Teachers Worth More Than They Were Two Months Ago?
The value of preschool teachers. The educators of America’s youngest children are paid an average of $11 dollars an hour—just about the federal poverty level. COVID-19 should be a wake up call to pay teachers and child care professionals what they deserve.

Time to Talk, Play, and Create: Supporting Children’s Learning at Home
Developmental psychologist Helen Shwe Hadani provides some tips for supporting young children’s learning through interactive and fun activities while families shelter in place at home.

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