Friday Update 6-21-19

Let’s start this issue of Friday Update off with the most amazing Freddie Mercury, singing ‘Time Waits for No One.’ The video was recorded in 1986 and had been sitting in a vault until last week when producer Dave Clark released it. What a treat! Enjoy the video, cuz, as Freddie says, “time waits for nobody.” Enjoy, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Celebrate Pride Month with a Reminder of the Beauty That Is in All of Us
We are celebrating Pride month with a great video from Bret Every, singing his song ‘What a Beautiful Day.’ The song focuses on a wedding ceremony celebrating the marriage of two men, but more importantly, it focuses on the beauty and love that is in all of us. What a great reminder for us to share with the youth and young adults in our lives who identify as LGBTQ.

Schools in England Teach Mindfulness. Where Does the U.S. Stand?
In February 2019, Damien Hinds, the British Secretary of Education, announced that students nationwide would be gradually introduced to issues around mental health, wellbeing, and happiness from the beginning of primary school. The aim is to combat recent increases in anxiety, depression, and other mental-emotional health issues among the nation’s children. What did they choose to use as a method to accomplish this? Mindfulness! Schools in the United States need to catch-up with their counterparts in the United Kingdom!

Think You Got What It Takes to Present at the 33rd Annual Research and Policy Conference? We know you do!
Save the dates for the 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health: March 15 – 18, 2020 in Tampa, FL! The Call for Proposals online submission portal opens August 2nd. Plenty of time to peruse the website and study the priority tracks offered this year. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to write a fantastic proposal!

Suicide Rates Increase Across All Ages
Suicide rates over the last 20 years have increased across every racial group, according to new CDC data. The increases were exceptionally high among American Indians and Alaska Natives, who had the highest suicide rate for both men (33.8 per 100,000) and women (11 per 100,000). The new CDC numbers are the second startling recent report on U.S. suicide rates, which have jumped 33 percent over two decades. Suicides among teens are now at their highest levels over that time.

Sesame Street Focuses on Dads
Research shows that an involved dad can make a big difference in a child’s life. When kids feel supported, understood, and loved by their fathers, they grow up more resilient and more successful in school. This month, Sesame Street in Communities is featuring new resources to help you support dads. Explore the Family Bonding topic page for playful activities and simple strategies to share.

Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma: A Systems Approach to Implementing Trauma-Informed Care
Our colleagues at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) have published a new report on child trauma. The report provides a summary of the research on the effects of early trauma exposure, discusses what Connecticut is doing across systems to support young children who have experienced trauma, and outlines a framework to expand Connecticut’s robust system of trauma-informed care for older children to include younger children. As always, CHDI’s work is adaptable for efforts taking place across the country.

Five-Year Outcomes of Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care
The objectives of this study were to assess the structure and process of pediatric behavioral health integration and outcomes in patient experience (access and quality), cost, and provider satisfaction. Findings from this study suggest that integrating behavioral health in the pediatric setting can increase access to quality behavioral health services while engendering provider confidence and satisfaction and averting substantial increases in cost. For those of you who participated in the Project Launch grants, the results of this study will not surprise you!

Innovative Conversations Presented by the Center for Innovative Practices
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP), part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a podcast initiative that explores topics pertaining to the CIP mission of identifying promising practices and evidence-based interventions for youth dealing with mental health, substance use, trauma, and judicial justice challenges. Hosted by first CIP director Patrick Kanary, the series also examines how Wraparound Systems of Care can better facilitate how integrated treatment can help yield optimal outcomes with youth recovery. Excellent podcast. Check it out!

Here is an excellent example of the podcasts available in this series:

Innovative Conversations Session 1 | Evolution of the System of Care Approach
This podcast features an interview with Beth Stroul, who is one of the architects of the founding conceptual framework and philosophy for a system of care for children’s mental health. Understanding the history of systems of care is key to making improvements today.

Behind the Asterisk: New Report on Young Adult Mental Health
Nia West-Bey & Marlen Mendoza from CLASP recently released a report titled Behind the Asterisk: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from “Small and Hard-to-Reach” Communities. Behind the Asterisk describes findings from focus groups in “small and hard-to-reach” white rural; Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI); and, urban Native American communities, along with a diverse group of young adults experiencing homelessness. These communities are often relegated to an “asterisk” in research and excluded from national policy discourse because their numbers are too small to be considered reliable or are hard to reach using typical research methods. This report brings these often-overlooked young people whose experiences are largely left out of policy discussions to the forefront.

Selected Slide Decks from the 32nd Annual Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
We are featuring presentations from the 32nd Annual “Tampa Conference” to inspire you to write a proposal for the 33rd Annual Conference!

Strategies to Facilitate Senior Leader Engagement in the Implementation and Sustainability of Evidence-Based Practice
Robert Franks, PhD, Charlotte Vieira, MPH, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA

This presentation described implementation methodologies utilized within a Learning Collaborative model to facilitate senior leader engagement in the implementation of MATCHADTC in a statewide system of care.

Working Together for Families Trapped in Crisis: Innovative, Interactive Interventions that Engage, Increase Resilience and Stabilize Families
Bobbi Beale, PsyD, Richard Shepler, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Maurie Lung, PhD, Life Adventures Counseling & Consulting, St. Petersburg, FL

In Ohio, the child welfare and behavioral health systems joined forces to increase the availability of trauma-informed, innovative, effective programs to the most vulnerable populations in the state.

Planning for Safe Care or Widening the Net? A Review and Analysis of 50 States’ Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Policies Addressing Substance-Exposed Infants
Margaret Lloyd, PhD, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT; Stephanie Luczak, LMSW, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT; Samantha Lew, MSW, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

This presentation presented findings from a content analysis of 50 states’ child welfare policies on prenatal substance exposure (PSE). Results revealed extensive variability across states. Only two states’ policies complied with all five domains of the overarching federal legislation.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

With a rich history of over 30 years involvement in state and local communities as a practitioner, trainer, state government official and a national reviewer of systems reform efforts, Scott Bryant-Comstock has built a solid reputation as a facilitator of family, professional, advocacy and political involvement in mental health system reform efforts. Throughout his career, Scott has incorporated learnings from policy-makers, families, providers and community leaders throughout the United States into a focused approach to improving services and supports for youth with emotional challenges and their families. Scott is the founder, President & CEO of the Children’s Mental Health Network.

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