Friday Update

Friday Update 7-5-19

July 05, 2019

Let’s start with a celebratory nod the the good old USA. Join Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the rest of the muppets as they celebrate the 4th of July by singing Grand Old Flag. Get your Elmo fix and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Rookie Therapists, Rookie Family Support
Lisa Lambert writes about her first-hand experience with rookie therapists and she, herself, being a rookie family advocate. Both need experienced mentors from which to learn. Sage advice from one of the most respected family advocates in the United States.

Next Week – An Apology Letter to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) and a plan of action!
The ISMICC met earlier this week, and after reviewing the agenda for the meeting, I was saddened and dismayed by the total lack of focus on children. At first, I got agitated. But then I took a moment to reflect and concluded that being agitated without doing anything about it doesn’t do any good. I owe the ISMICC an apology.

FPG Child Development Institute – Implementation Science Positions Available
The FPG Child Development Institute is seeking applications for two separate positions in implementation science and support with The Impact Center at FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill. Great opportunity – check it out!

Free Online Mini-Course About Applied Implementation Science
Understanding and applying implementation science to your work can be both rewarding and daunting. Most people want easy-to-follow guidance on how to use the best practices from implementation science to inform their projects and work. For a limited time, the Center for Implementation is offering an online mini-course for free: Inspiring Change: Creating impact with evidence-based implementation.

Sign the Petition: The Senate Must Support Gun Violence Research
Gun violence is a public health epidemic, one that is killing an absurd and increasing number of people every year. Rather than tolerate shooting after shooting — ignoring the toll of mass shootings, suicide, domestic violence, accidental deaths, interpersonal conflict, and more –we’ve got to figure out the root causes and research ways to prevent the next tragedy before it happens.

Mathematica Appoints Brigitte Manteuffel Senior Fellow
Congratulations to long-time Network Faithful and Systems of Care Champion, Brigitte Manteuffel, for her recent appointment as a Senior Fellow with Mathematica. The press release states “An expert in the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders, Manteuffel’s breadth of experience in research, evaluation, and behavioral health will enable Mathematica to grow its state and federal portfolio aimed at improving the infrastructure to address substance use problems and the opioid epidemic.” We could not agree more. Good on ya, B!

The Neglect of Children at the Border has Long-Term Consequences
Amid the recent controversy surrounding the treatment of migrant children held at the U.S.-Mexico border, three child development experts explain how cleanliness, sleep, nutrition, and exercise are imperative for well-being and positive outcomes in adulthood.

Trump’s Child Detention Camps Cost $775 Per Person Every Day
The daily cost for a child in a detention camp is more than a stay in a deluxe room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. Keeping children with their parents and guardians in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities would only cost $298 per night. And yet, we persist with the madness of separation…

Colorado Steps up Quality Assurance Requirements for Serving Youth with Complex Needs
Thanks to our colleagues at the National Wraparound Initiative for bringing this to our attention. This new bill in Colorado requires screening to identify youth with complex needs, establishes wraparound to serve them, and blends funding across agencies to make it happen! A model for other states to emulate!

Food for Thought: A Youth Perspective on Recovery-Oriented Practice   
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) Youth Council has created a video and discussion guide to help service providers understand the needs of youth when it comes to recovery-oriented practice. The Guide breaks down what youth see as some of the core principles of recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services. Using the metaphor of a restaurant interaction between a server and a patron, it provides a light-hearted demonstration of the key concepts of recovery-oriented practice.

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!

Harnessing the Power of the Evidence Base to Make Informed Decisions about Behavioral Health & Equity
Karen Lyons, MPA, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC; Jessica Rubenstein, MPA, MPH, UW Population Health Institute, Madison, WI

In this presentations, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative and The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps What Works for Health showcased free tools and resources for accessing, understanding, and applying evidence to behavioral health and equity.

Using Data to Adjust a Population of Focus for Wraparound
Eric Bruns, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Tracey Bowles; Beverly Burton, MS, Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Las Vegas, NV; Elizabeth Christiansen, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno, NV; Karen Taychor, Nevada PEP, Las Vegas, NV

Wraparound is a process intended for children with the most complex and serious behavioral health needs and their families. In this presentation, using administrative data and five criteria for “high needs” youth, the presenters examined the degree to which one state’s wraparound-enrolled youth and families were an appropriate target population for services. On average, enrolled youth fell short of the established criteria.

Data-Informed Approaches to Collaboration with Youth & Family: What the CMHI Data Tells Us
Malisa Pearson, FREDLA, Lansing, MI; Brie Masselli, Youth Move National, Decora, IA; Millie Sweeney, MSW, FREDLA, Ellicott City, MD; David McClung, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

While collaboration is generally seen as beneficial by all stakeholders within Systems of Care, the CMHI National Evaluation data shows that sites are not maximizing partnerships with youth- and family-run organizations. This symposium reviewed the findings from the CMHI data, explored best practice for integrating family and youth voice, and identified how assessment tools and local evaluations could enhance collaboration to implement more meaningful roles for youth and families.

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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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