Friday Update

Friday Update 7-29-19

July 29, 2019

Let’s start with a reminder from Kid President on how to be civil, with his 20 things we should say more often. Enjoy the video, cuz who doesn’t just love to have a good dose of Kid President every once and awhile? We have features this week dealing with both how to be civil and also how to destress. Oh man, you know we are always lookin’ out for Network Faithful! Enjoy the video, get yourself recalibrated, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Presidential Tone Deafness, Civility and Hope

It’s been almost two weeks since the President Trump rally in North Carolina where we witnessed the birth of the “Send her back” chant. Politics aside, here is what I think sickened me most. In the video coverage of the speech, you can see children and older adolescents in the crowd mimicking the words “send her back” and then get full-throated, joining the rest of the audience in the chant… What message is being imprinted on these young minds as they participate in the mindless chanting of “Send her back?” These young people likely have no understanding of the meaning of what they are saying. They see their parents do it. They see their President do it. It must be the thing to do, right?

Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut recently released a report chronicling their seven-year effort to transform the child welfare. As always, they are generous with sharing their knowledge, so take advantage of it to help you with your own state and local efforts.

Think You Got What It Takes to Present at the 33rd Annual Research and Policy Conference? We know you do!

The Call for Proposal Online Portal Opens This Friday!
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!

Children’s Faces of Medicaid: Data Analysis Series

Many children with behavioral health needs who receive Medicaid are served by multiple public programs, putting them at risk for receiving fragmented or inappropriate care. And, as we know, improper care leads to poor health outcomes at high costs. Be sure to check out the Center for Health Care Strategies “Faces of Medicaid: Data Analysis Series.” The series is designed to uncover patterns of behavioral health care use and expense for children in Medicaid and to help states and other stakeholders discover opportunities to improve outcomes. Check it out!

From Burnout to Resilience: Science-Based Tools for Thriving in the Face of Stress

The Professional and Continuing Education program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health had recently conducted a workshop about stress, resiliency, and burnout. Listen to subject matter expert (and long-time Network Faithful) Laurie Ellington as she explains stress, the physiological responses, as well as the interactive aspects of this workshop. Get the details on how to bring this workshop to your organization at the end of the video.

Youth MOVE National’s Rockstar Awards 2019 – Just a Few Days Left to Get Your Nomination In!

Know someone working toward improving youth-serving systems and the lives of youth? Youth MOVE National’s Rockstar Awards 2019 is open for nominations! The award categories are Advocate of the Year, Organization of the Year, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity—which comes with a $3,000 unrestricted cash prize. Hurry – the deadline for submitting your nomination is July 31st!

Screening Alone Is Not Enough to Address Childhood Trauma

A new brief from Child Trends warns against the increasing reliance on childhood screening alone to identify and respond to childhood trauma in individual children. Instead, experts Jessica Dym Bartlett and David Murphey recommend an alternative, more comprehensive approach that prioritizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective and helps children build resilience—rather than simply identifying those children who have had adverse experiences. Bartlett and Murphey propose five policy recommendations to achieve this.

2nd Interactive Learning Tool: AMP e-Module: Youth-Driven Conversation – Avoiding Some Common Mistakes

The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures has developed a second AMP e-Module interactive learning tool, “Youth-Driven Conversation – Avoiding Some Common Mistakes,” designed for people who work with youth and young adults. Like the first AMP e-Module, this short online training incorporates video and interactivity to create a practical and engaging learning experience for skill enhancement.

There’s More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For

The unemployment rate of young adults living with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs) is exceptionally high when compared to young adults with other disabilities. The rate is even worse when compared to young adults without disabilities. But traditionally, employment research has focused on only mental health conditions related to employment, and that’s just part of the story.

Migrant Mental Health Crisis Spirals in ICE Detention Facilities

Federal inspectors visiting a California migrant detention center made a shocking discovery last year: Detainees had made nooses from bedsheets in 15 of 20 cells in the facility they visited. The inspection revealed the extent of a largely unseen mental health crisis within the growing population of migrants who are being held in detention centers in border states. President Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to reverse a policy that encouraged releasing vulnerable individuals while they await deportation hearings has left U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unequipped to deal with conditions ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia.

Keep Families Together

Thanks to CMHNetwork readers who participated in this extraordinary effort. Please read the letter of gratitude from Diane Yentel, National Low Income Housing Coalition President & CEO.

“In an extraordinary and historic rebuke of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, more than 30,000 people and organizations submitted comments on HUD’s cruel, wasteful and needless “mixed-status” proposal. With its proposal, HUD would evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families from subsidized housing, including 55,000 children who are citizens or legal permanent residents…”

What’s on Tap for The Next Issue of Friday Update

  • CMHNetwork Support Plan for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
    Lord knows the ISMICC needs our help, and yes, I promised a game plan last week, but keepin’ up with the Commander in Chief is exhausting… and I needed to get get my head straight with the unfortunate incidents from the past two weeks before moving forward. Look for a beginning game plan in the next issue of Friday Update.
  • Bon Voyage Letter to Gary Blau, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA
    Oh man, this one is gonna be tough to write. My compadre of so many years is leaving SAMHSA and embarking on a new exciting journey. I’ll fill you in and share some thoughts about what Gary has meant to the children’s mental health movement, cuz I got things to say. Geeze, gonna need a hankie to get through this one…
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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. 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 to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

In 2019, I had a full-blown Kundalini awakening. That experience has clarified many of the questions about purpose, focus, and mission that I have had my entire life. And heck, I want to share those learnings with you!

I encourage you to listen to the Optimistic Advocate podcast, with new episodes every Monday through Friday. Episodes always give you something to chew on as you move through the day. Insights from me, always a bit of poetry, and inspiring homework for you, as we move together on this beautiful journey of creating harmony with the universe. As a bonus, periodically, we post a long-form interview with inspiring advocates who help individuals and families make positive changes in their lives in communities across the globe. Remember to stay optimistic and listen to the universe (It’s speaking through you, I promise.).

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