Coming Next Week – An Apology Letter to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (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.

With the chaos that swirls around the current administration, it is easy to lose focus on the myriad of things that require our attention as children’s mental health advocates. Paying attention to the work of the ISMICC, candidly, has not been on my radar as a priority. What a mistake. The ISMICC, charged by Congress to, among other things, ”make specific recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED, ” needs our attention and focus.

Next weeks Morning Zen post will move beyond apologies and provide some avenues where you can get involved to help bolster the ISMICC’s ability to provide comprehensive data on mental health services for children, youth, young adults and their families to SAMHSA, and more important, Congress.

Stay tuned!

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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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